Dye Bundle: Fig Leaves

October 11, 2015

After my father pruned his fig trees and I saw a wonderful opportunity to utilize the leaves as a pigment source so I decided to bundle dye some unbleached calico cotton fabric. I wrapped the bundle in a length of vintage cotton twine from the Texas Panhandle. 

I then steamed the bundle in a large stockpot with a steaming insert for approximately 3 hours. I removed the bundle and allowed it to cool, before unwrapping the fabric and drying it.




After drying the fabric, I cut some into strips. I did't rinse the fibers, and I didn't add any mordant to the fabric before dyeing it. The colors have remained fast, and don't run when I tested a bit of it in cool rainwater. The scent of the fig leaves are sweet and pungent and truly add to the experience of extracting this beautifully rich golden yellow. 


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