An ancient art filled with myth and lore. Dyers use either natural dyes from plant, animal or mineral sources, or synthetic dyes designed for specific fiber types. Many effects can be achieved by various techniques including vat dyeing, dip dyeing, masking with resist on fabric (batik), masking by tying fabric (tie-die or shibori), masking by tying warp or weft (ikat), warp or yarn painting, and variations of these.

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Ancient Dyes, Natural and Synthetic
Articles on the history and chemistry of indigo and several purples.
Bello Marini
Image gallery of hand-dyed scarves and T-shirts, with instructions for dying with indigo and the best plant sources for indigotin.
Clarissa Cochran - Shibori
Photos and description of basic shibori techniques, biography and workshop information.
Dharma Trading: Craft Techniques
Dyeing techniques and projects, mostly on black and white blanks.
Diary of a West Cork Dyer
Recipes on wool, and commentary, excerpts from Kate Jepson's writings.
Discharge Dyeing
Information on dye effects achieved by the removal of color already in the fabric, rather than by adding it.
Fiber Antics
Covers basics of color theory, vat immersion, direct application and fabric embellishments.
Olga Zenina
Russian batik artist exploring clothes and interior decor. History and overview of tools, gallery and artist background. (See link in English.)
Orchil Dye
The poor person's purple. An article speculating on the history of this coloring, including bibliography and experimentation.
Paula Burch's All About Hand Dyeing
Gallery and how to tie-dye, batik, and dye by many other techniques including low water immersion, dip dyeing, and sprinkle dyeing.
Todd Designs
Carol Todd, natural dye specialist. Contains recipes for the Dye Plant of the Month, handwoven rugs, and a gallery of hand-painted silk items.
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