The Art and Science of Natural Dyes

The Art and Science of Natural Dyes


Principles, Experiments, and Results

by Joy Boutrup and Catharine Ellis

“The complete manual for natural dyers.

  • Essential recipes and information to improve your skills and results.

  • Covers theory, fibers, mordants, dyes, printing, organic indigo vats, finishing, color mixing, fastness, and more.

  • Photos feature more than 450 dyed samples, illustrating results and comparisons of actual dye tests.

This long-awaited guide explains the general principles of natural dyeing, and brims with detailed information to help dyers become more accomplished at their craft rhough an increased understanding of the process. Special techniques of printing and discharging indigo are also featured.

This is the reference for dyers and printers who wish to more completely understand the “why” and the “how”, while ensuring safe and sustainable practices. Written by a textile engineer and chemist (Boutrup) and a textile artist and practitioner (Ellis), its detailed and tested recipes for every process make it the ideal resource for dyers with any level of experience.” - From the back of the book.

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