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Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles Hardcover – 21 Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Murdoch Books (21 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741960797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741960792
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 2.3 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By HT on 22 Jun. 2012
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I almost didn't buy this book, after reading some of the reviews. I am so glad I trusted my judgement and went ahead,I am absolutely thrilled with this book, I did feel initially (before receiving it) it was a bit pricey, but it is actually a very big book with a great deal of content.
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.
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I bought this book after leafing through a copy a friend had. I shouldn't really have bought ANOTHER book, but it looked so interesting - and it is. ALthough I am a bit allergic to 'coffee table' sized books this proved the exception. Its full of useful info on natural dyeing, plants to use, their preparation and end uses. She also gives lots of information on preparing fabric and fibres for dyeing and printing in eco ways, and what effects the mordants can have. Masses of illustrations. The main drawback is that she is Australian, and so many of the plants she uses are indigenous to the Antipodes which means they are not really relevant to European dyers. THere are also plently of other plants discussed so don't let that put you off, its just important to realise that if you want to buy the book. I am not to keen on the 'eco' dyed and printed T shirts etc India Flint produces with the dyeing, but thats personal taste and the point of buying the book is to experiment myself, not copy her products.
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.
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I attended a lecture given by a young enthusiastic textile student who was concerned about the environment
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.
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This is a beautiful book just to look at. I love the little beige paper 'shawl' which enwraps the hard cover - an apt metaphor and which doubles as a bookmark. The interior is as gorgeous as the cover as every page is illustrated and usually in more than one way. This is the first book I've bought on the subject of 'eco printing' (the dyeing of papers and textiles using natural found or cultivated organic matter.) The contents do not disappoint. The book begins with a prologue which outlines what the book is for; then follow eight parts, beginning with 'Before you Begin' and ending with 'References'. In between is an encyclopaedic range of information and technique, imparted in the author's engaging style. A complete beginner, I was yet able to produce some of my own eco prints within a week of my purchase of the book. (Some are posted on my website/blog). Tomorrow I am going to attempt another batch of prints using the author's (India Flint) 'Ice Flower' technique and I will be experimenting with two of the listed 'mordants': alum and vinegar. (I could have gone for fermented urine, or 'cow pats' but will save these for another time! This book is a must have for the would-be and the experienced 'eco printer'. I shall be forever delving into this lovely tome.
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This book arrived at 3pm and by bedtime I had carrot tops soaking in a bowl and plans for freezing Elderberries in the morning.
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.
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