At Capellagården, School for craft and design we are striving towards finding sustainable methods and processes for making textiles. As a part of that Linda have initiated the project "From seed to dye" where we cultivate a number of dye plants and foraging wild ones in the local area. Among them indigo, woad, marigold and many others. We are slowly building up a library of dye plants in our garden and alos documenting the natural habitat of plants that surrounds us.
This autumn you will be able to take part of the result and learn more in our public garden. The dyeing and cultivation project will be exhibited in Sept 2020 together with a catalogue – The dyers journal.
The project is initiated by Linda Zetterman and is a collaboration in between her and Sara Carlsson and the students from the Textile and Garden classes at Capellagården. Read more about Capellagården at; www.capellagarden.se
Below process pictures from the process and work with cultivation and dyeing.
Vau is an old dye plant. It gives durable yellow color on wool, silk, linen and cotton. Early examples of the use of vau in Sweden are demonstrated by finds from the 400s AD. It is common in south part of Sweden where it grows in the wild and in gardens.
The poppy family has around 100 different species originating in Europe and Asia. It self-sows easily and on Öland it often grows freely next to or in cultivated fields.
WELD / WOAD
Weld or Woad "Isatis tinctoria" is an annual or biennial herb. It has been used as a dye plant since long back in history. In Sweden and Europe weld was used mainly to get blue colours. When we started to import indigo from India it soon took over the market. Woad contains less indigotin and its hard to get darker colours. But you can also use the flowers and the seeds to dye yellow and green shades. The weld below was planted last year. We now have planted new weld in our flower beds. Next year we will leave them and save the sees.
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Sorrel "Rumex acetosa". This is a common plant in grassland habitats. It is rich in vitamin C and can be used as herb and in sallads. You can dye with both the flowers and the root. The colours can be changed by using different mordants and shift pH. See above.
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Indigo "Persicaris tinctoria". Also called Japanes Indigo is used mostly in Japan. The pigment is extracted from the leaves by using a dry compost and fermentation process called 'sukoumo'. This year we will try different cultivation and extracting methods and also different dyeing processes using only natural indigo from our cultivation.
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