Generations of Color
Dyeing from natural sources is nothing new. Generations of people (mostly women) have been using these techniques way before chemical dyes were created. Natural dyes usually come from plant sources such as leaves, roots, bark, wood, fruits and vegetable peels. Also, other sources are used, like minerals, invertebrate animals or fungi.
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Traditionally, the Hmong women dip stripes of cloth into vats of bubbling water with indigo dye. Then, with their tinted and experienced hands, they take the textile out and hang it to dry. The intensity and darkness of the colour will depend on how many times the textile was dipped in the vat.