Dyeing starts just after the three-step mordanting process that lasts for three days. First of all, plant parts that are going to be used for extracting dye stuff are soaked in water for at least one night. Water temperature should be adjusted to the characteristics of plant material bacause, some natural dyeing substances can be damaged by high temperatures.
When it seems there is enough dye in the dye bath after soaking, dyeing liquid is drained and the cloth is soaked in, while increasing the temperature at the same time. Dyeing usually occurs at boiling temperature however, for the reason above, it should be kept lower on some occasions.
The piece of cloth that spent the night in the dye bath is rinsed and dried in shade next morning. Because natural dyes are organic compounds, exposing to direct sun light for a long duration may damage their chemical structure.
After they are dry and ironed, it’s time to decide what I’m going to make of them. This is one of my early pieces.
From top to bottom, it’s dyed with oak bark, sage and henna.