4 October 2010

solar dyeing // v i t i s * v i n i f e r a

The south of France is a land of vineyards. It's not like Burgundy, but with the approximately 300 days of sun we get each year, grapes don't have too much difficulties to grow & get sweet & juicy. Because it grows a lot here, I though about grabbing a couple of red/dark grapes, to try solar dyeing with them. That's what I did. I picked the grapes (Vitis vinifera) you will see on the following photos, kept the "balls" only, filled a big jar with them, crushed them by hand (this part was fun, and believe me or not, not staining) and then put the (mordanted with alum) fibers in the jar & left them for 11 days.

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

solar dyeing // vitis vinifera // results

although I'm not a big fan of purple color, I must say that I fell in love with this one !

one other reasons why I love dyeing with plants ! I'm rediscovering each color, each difference in a same hue. I've always enjoyed each & every color of the world, but I'm loving even more now I know how to get them naturally.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Solar dying gives so many interesting tones and prints of one colour!

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  2. Thank you so much! How much mordant did you use? I have now idea about natural dyeing but would love to try...

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  3. Beautiful colour? Did it last though? I've heard it's quite fugitive so I'm very curious to know how your colours fared.

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    1. Thanks ! Well since I've kept it protected from sunlight it did last, but I don't think it will last long if left out unprotected from sunlight.

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