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Red hibiscus flower dye | on the left is alum mordant and on the right is iron…

Red hibiscus flower dye | on the left is alum mordant and on the right is iron…

Woad balls. Woad is an old color. A conversation with history. A natural dye. #BLUE An ugly plant. Locked in green leaves, compounds that break into pigments of blue. Blues that can be as bold as a Blue Jay feather or as tender as an azure sky at dawn, as dark as ink or as milky as glacial ice.

Woad balls. Woad is an old color. A conversation with history. A natural dye. #BLUE An ugly plant. Locked in green leaves, compounds that break into pigments of blue. Blues that can be as bold as a Blue Jay feather or as tender as an azure sky at dawn, as dark as ink or as milky as glacial ice.

Extracting natural blue pigment from the leaves of the Woad plant. The pigment has traditionally been used to dye wool but it can also be used in naturally colouring soap.

Extracting natural blue pigment from the leaves of the Woad plant. The pigment has traditionally been used to dye wool but it can also be used in naturally colouring soap.

indigo vat recipe written by Earth Hues. They are a wonderful company supporting agriculture, natural color and artisans around the world. I order my pigment from them and every time I order, I ask where the pigment is from. Most of the time the pigment has been from El Salvador. This is the recipe they provide and it's fantastic!

indigo vat recipe written by Earth Hues. They are a wonderful company supporting agriculture, natural color and artisans around the world. I order my pigment from them and every time I order, I ask where the pigment is from. Most of the time the pigment has been from El Salvador. This is the recipe they provide and it's fantastic!

natural dyeing recipes and mordant.  This is the best natural plant dye site for any beginner who hasn't actually done a workshop.  Excellent information, recipes and explanations.... give it a go!

natural dyeing recipes and mordant. This is the best natural plant dye site for any beginner who hasn't actually done a workshop. Excellent information, recipes and explanations.... give it a go!

History of Woad The only source of blue colouring throughout history has been indigo and woad (Isatis tinctoria) was its source in Europe. Grown in Europe since the Stone Age it has a long association with East Anglia, notably with Boudicca and the Iceni tribe who used woad to colour their faces before going into battle. Further north the Picts also gained notoriety for their body painting with the blue woad dye. The Romans referred to these Ancient Britons as Picts as it is Celtic for…

History of Woad The only source of blue colouring throughout history has been indigo and woad (Isatis tinctoria) was its source in Europe. Grown in Europe since the Stone Age it has a long association with East Anglia, notably with Boudicca and the Iceni tribe who used woad to colour their faces before going into battle. Further north the Picts also gained notoriety for their body painting with the blue woad dye. The Romans referred to these Ancient Britons as Picts as it is Celtic for…

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