Thursday, September 29, 2011

Colonial America: natural dyes

So, a few weeks ago we set about learning how the colonists made their clothes and got the different colored cloths they got.

 

We gathered some different items that had been suggested and boiled our materials for 30 minutes or so and pulled it all out.

 

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Then we pulled it all out and separated it out into the different fibers and observed them.

 

Do you see what we discovered?  Here’s what we used: blueberry tea, red onion skins, yellow onion skins, and cayenne powder.

 

What did we get?  Brown, brown, blue-tinged brown, and brown.

 

We also discovered that canvas dies quite well.  The tight woven cotton did not, the bubble gauze cotton (very loosely woven) did, and the wool roving also took the dye well.

 

So, has anyone used a natural die and gotten a color aside from brown?

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