journals of color, hands full of nature

Natural dyes in India: each region has its own formula for treating cloth, ie. predye, secret additives, mordants and the water - its all about the water and of course the seasons. Every master dyer has done his/her due diligence and has kept some record of their rainbow alchemy. Meet one such man who has worked for 25 years with a weaving cluster in Sonepur District, Orissa: His knowledge is extensive and unfortunately underused as the chemical dyes outweigh natural colorings these days in the making of Pata sarees where the warp and weft are dyed before weaving.(next post)
master dyer: Sakanta

local dye ingredients Orissa