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A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing


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Vivien Prideaux specialises in decorative and domestic textiles, made from natural fabrics and threads and dyed with fibre reactive, indigo and cochineal dyes. Vivien's work has been exhibited all over the British Isles, and in Japan and New Zealand. She is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, and a life member of the Embroiderers' Guild. Notable commissions include the hangings in the foyer of the Hall for Cornwall, Truro; set and costume design for several Duchy Opera productions; and research and design for the Dyes and Plants exhibit at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Her work is held in collections at the International Fashion Foundation in Japan, the National Textile Collection at Hampton Court Palace, and at the Royal Cornwall Museum and Penlee House Museum in her native Cornwall.


"Everything is very well explained and illustrated--a good introduction to indigo." --"International Journal of the Guild of Silk Painters" It is good to see a reprint of this 2003 book, though some new projects would have been welcome. The book is comprehensive, showing the effects that can be achieved using indigo dye. The book covers dyeing and effects such as those achieved by tying in the shibori method. Good photographs show step by step The art of indigo dyeing dates back thousands of years; examples were found in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians and there are references to its use in the Bible. The practice of dyeing with Indigo, with is a dye derived from the plant of the same name, is an incredibly rich cultural tradition with each region of the world having its own unique methods and beliefs. Vivien shares her expertise as a dyer and also her mastery of shibori fabric resist techniques, showing the reader how a huge variety of wonderful effects can be produced by folding, stitching, binding and clamping fabric before dyeing. As the better weather approaches, this is certainly an interesting technique to try, just combine with a group of like-minded friends, a good lunch and the rest of the day will be full of surprises. Happy dyeing!-Fabrications This book is a very comprehensive guide to all the different types of Indigo Dyeing that can be done. From reading the book, you quickly understand that it is not something that you could undertake in an afternoon with pots and pans lying around in the cupboard; in fact, the most effective method that Vivien Prideaux has found involves a big plastic container and 20 litres of water. There is also a fair amount of serious chemical involvement, and plenty of protective clothing. It struck me that you would need to be fairly committed to undertaking this type of dyeing and be willing to use the right equipment even before you get started. Having said that, the book itself is a very full and informative guide. The history of the process, the different fibres and indigo dyes are all explained fully, and it is a very easy read. The instructions for dyeing (there are 3 different dye VATS to choose from) are set out with lots of photographs and instructions of how to prepare your fabric, and there are plenty of wonderful pictures of finished cloth, which would even tempt me despite knowing how much work it is to get there. There are even a couple of projects (ie cushion, tea cosy, scarf) to get you using your new collection of fabulous fabric. I think it would be a suitable book for those who are familiar (or have dabbled with) the process before and want to move to the next

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