Today we started our trials with Madder, a very different process to that of indigo! Madder requires a mordant, we used one dip of alum on yarn and fabric, and also some with just a gall dip; Jenny Dean’s recipe uses an alum, gall and alum mordant regime. We had an over abundance of red guavas so have tried them as a mordant too. You start with cold water, add the garden lime (madder responds better in hard water), madder powder and fabric/yarn. The water temperature needs to rise and hold at 80 C for 45minutes, then leave to cool overnight. I guess we will see whether any are a success but have a feeling we may have been a little stingy with only 20grams of madder powder!
On Saturday March 16th Yvonne attended the annual dye-in at Dannevirke’s Spinners & Weavers Club. What an amazing setup! A fabulous day to dye-up your stored collection of yarn and try some new plant dyes or techniques. Yvonne also took a Provenance Indigo dye kit to trial. This kit is based on Michael Garcia’s 123 Indigo vat and it worked a real treat. We will have these kits available at the Palmerston North Creative Fibre Event in April.
Creative Fibre Festival – 25th to the 28th of April. Central Energy Trust Arena, B&M Centre / Arena 4 – on the same grounds, with entry through Gate 4 on Pascal Street., Palmerston North. General Public entry fee $5.
Spend a magical day learning to dye using a natural indigo fermentation vat.
We show you how to:
* setup your own indigo dye vat (indigo kits available @ $30ea)
* simple shibori techniques
* dye using our indigo vat
Maximum of 8 people per class.
All materials included plus morning & afternoon tea!
*Please bring your own lunch.*
Dates: Sunday 27th January or Monday 28th 2019 (Auckland Anniversary Weekend)
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Where: Provenance Studio, North West Auckland
Price: $200 per person
Today Provenance donated to Somaiya Kala Vidya Artisan Design School. If you would like to support the amazing work of Judy Frater and team please visit the GlobalGiving website to donate; https://www.globalgiving.org/…/design-education-for-artisa…/
You can also help support graduate artists like Irfan Khatri by purchasing his work through Provenance Artisan Textiles; https://www.provenance.co.nz/artisans/
As some of you maybe aware recent rains in India have been devastating and you may have seen images from the state of Kerala. Aranya Naturals is situated in Munnar some 5hours from Kochi and has been greatly affected by the deluge. In the township of Munnar one hospital staff member lost their life along with 4 of their family members, and 5 families lost their homes to landslides, two of which were from the Srishti centre.
Despite this loss the community is rallying together to support each other. We have sent emails to Aranya to express our support for all affected and hope to place orders with them in the new year.
“Late last year, The Fabric Social sent over Anissa Dove to work with the wonderful MBoutik Myanmar on sourcing and product development. Anissa was an instant hit with our Bagan based project partners, and worked closely with them to develop new weaving patterns, colour schemes and natural dye processes.
Our second collection with MBoutik featured natural dye made from tree bark, thanks to the ingenuity of Maw Maw (an MBoutik woman and head of the Women Craft Producers Association). The collection also uses the gingham and chequered motifs native to the Dryzone of Myanmar where our partners work.
One of our Burmese tailors Hnu Wai Wai has put her newfound garment tailoring skills to work and is the now the go-to designer and tailor for wedding outfits back in her village. The women continue to work collectively in their new tailoring unit that we helped establish.”
Our recent indigo dye class inspired Kirstie to create this cute little woolly pot! Kirstie’s beautiful yarn shows the amazing subtleties of hand dyeing yarns, such gorgeous shades of blue!
A great sunny day meant perfect drying weather for a range of beautiful fabrics created by 4 enthusiastic stitchers! Very technical patterns were stitched at speed to produce some amazing effects; another successful indigo class!
A couple of years ago I came across the Cambodian Charitable Trust which was setup by Denise Arnold of Tauranga. The board members include patron Theresa Gattung and ambassador Nadia Lim.
As some of you may know both Yvonne and I are keen advocates of education and in particular that of young girls and women. Provenance has previously donated to The Cambodian Charitable Trust because of their focus on providing free, quality education to vulnerable children, especially girls. You can not only donate to this worth charity but also volunteer. Check out their website for more information on what they do and how you can help.