Magenta Magic – Natural Dye Workshop, 2015

Event archive page from August 26, 2015

4 – 6 p.m. Join Wax and Wane fiber for this FREE hands-on natural dye class, and learn how to use  plant-based pigment extracted from Sappanwood to make fabric art. Take  your piece home or leave it in the care of the artists for possible inclusion in a curated show in October. Drop in on the workshop any time, or stay for the whole session. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited.

Sappanwood – 

Sappanwood, Caesalpinia sappan, is a species of flowering tree in the legume family, Fabaceae, that has been in cultivation for so long, its native area is unknown.  Textiles discovered on archaeological sites show that it has been used in the far east at least by 200 BC, with some evidence of importing from India to China around 1000 BC. (Source) The wood was imported into Europe in Medieval Times, but only in limited quantities. The heartwood contains a substance called Brazillin, which oxidizes to a red dye. In the 1500s, another source of Brazilin was found (Caesalpinia echinata – Brazilwood) in South America, which became so important commercially, especially in Europe, that the country in which it was discovered is now called Brazil, named after the tree (Source). The mordants used in the dyebath affect the final color, which can range from pink to red, and even violet and brown (Source).  

Full Workshop Series:

July 22, 4 – 6 p.m. – Indigo Dreams
August 12, 4 – 6 p.m. – Purple Desire
August 26, 4 – 6 p.m. – Magenta Magic
September 9, 4 – 6 p.m. – Green Tea Ecoprinting
September 30, 4 – 6 p.m. – Radiant Red

From Indigo Dreams workshop, July 22