Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles Hardcover – 21 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Costumier, artist and writer India Flint's works are represented in collections and museums in Germany, Latvia and Australia. She now lives on a farm in rural South Australia, researching plant dyes and breeding sheep. India also manages a textile practice embracing theatre, art and fashion and produces a range of salvage clothing under the label 'prophet of bloom'. India's work is featured on her website: www.indiaflint.com
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For those wanting ABC instructions, this is perhaps not for you - India does give a great amount of detail about how to use natural dyes for eco printing etc, but it is a very loose format, you have to read each chapter in it's entireity, and the little nuggets of instructional info are tucked between lovely stories from the authors past and present, relating to her experiences of dyeing. Her techniques are quite new and it is worth delving in, just to get an insight into this woman's incredible and effective methods of using natural dyes.
I cannot understand the reviews from others that complain she describes using leaves and flowers not available in their home territory... The whole point of this book, is that you are supposed to use what nature offers you in YOUR area, this is not a dictionary of suitable plants for dyeing. Instead it encourages you to experiment and really this is the most thrilling part about natural dyeing. If you want something more concise that details all known plant dyes and the colours you are likely to achieve from them, try "A Dyers Handbook" by Jenny Dean. I have this book to, and whilst it is very informative, it is not nearly as inspiring as the India Flint book, the two go nicely together. India Flint's book focusses on techniques for eco printing and ideas which you can expand on, whilst Jenny Colgans has all the scientific and technical terms.Read more ›
I also bought Jenny Dean's Dyers Handbook, (in Flint's bibliography) which solves the problem of the Australian plants, and with these two I feel ready to get dyeing.
and the chemicals that we throw away, she recommended this book as it encourages the use of plant materials
instead of dyes. The illustrations are just wonderful, leaving one with the desire to achieve such fabulous effects
oneself. The beauty of the book for me though, was the extensive information about plants and their uses, a book that I can dip into again and again, as well as being a super instruction book to have handy all the year round when I am in a creative mood.
I love the layout and photos This is my kind of book.
Rather than describe recipes in detail It encourages experimentation, I can't wait to get started.
Thank you India Flint for the inspiration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really enjoyable book with lots of information on how to get started and follow through. Also good advice on the dangers of some plants & chemicals and staying safe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dmac
A lovely book visually.There are not so many recipes though if that is what you are looking for. I would say this is a nice edition to your eco dyeing reference library if you have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caro
excellent thorough - still reading and keeping it as a reference -Published 8 months ago by R. Campani
A very interesting book, with some excellent ideas and tips for those wishing to develop their 'Eco-Printing' skills and techniques. A book you can dip in and out of. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gracie