26720RE: [SCA-JML] Dye techniques (was: Re: My latest faux surihaku project can be seen here )
- Jan 12, 2010Greetings,
I don't use my washing machine for the dye process because I
don't trust that I'll get all the dye out. However, after multiple rinsings
I wash the dyed fabric in the machine with synthropol, a special detergent
that you can get at Dharma Trading Co.
You should NEVER use anything you've used for dye for any food
application. I use a dedicated enamel pot for hot dyeing like silks and
dedicated 5-gallon plastic containers for cold water dyeing. Each one of
these and any utensils used for dye work are marked "dye only". I make sure
there's plenty of ventilation and wear a dust mask when mixing up powdered
dye stuff. Its better to be safe than sorry.
Good luck with future dye projects!
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Subject: [SCA-JML] Dye techniques (was: Re: My latest faux surihaku project
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I've heard you shouldn't use a washing machine for dying if you want to use
it for cleaning later. But I have no personal experience on this front.
With silk, since it's so thin, you can dye many, many yards in one
(admittedly gigantic) stock pot. I've done 5 or 10 yards at a time. (Okay,
maybe not 10, but definitely 5 yards of broadcloth.) I'm also not sure it's
safe to use the pot for food later. I had a dye buddy who'd already
sacrificed one to garb (he uses it for laundry too). We also used a
thermometer to monitor the water temperature, and a big wooden stick to
shove the fabric down into the dye, because it balloons up and the pieces on
the surface will get less dyed than the pieces on the bottom.
Saionji-sensei, very nice work! (As usual!) I'm curious about the wicking
effect you said you didn't like - I can't see it in the photos. Would you
post a photo of that, or share it privately? (I'd love to try this but I
don't want to have unrealistic expectations!)
My clothing tastes seem to be moving later and later in period, so I'm
starting to wonder about some of the more elaborate fabric designs - I have
the impression they were all woven in, except for this fading dye technique.
(And I think some garments were hand-decorated, though I'm not sure that's
pre-Edo. I've seen some marvelous Edo-jidai examples of painted robes.)
Anyone have evidence otherwise?
I'll have to play with dye the next time I have some around and see what I
can accomplish. There's a sort of "misty cloud" effect that seems to come
around before the Edo period that I've always liked....
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