I took a two-day silk dyeing and weaving class at Ock Pop Tok (East Meets West). The dyers are very proud they can create most of colors naturally from local plants. Below is their recipe. Everything except black.
I had a wonderful time at the school. The teachers are gracious, patience, and knowledgeable. We worked on a veranda perched over the Mekong river. The view is spectacular and the food (included with the class) is delicious.
This gorgeous pink/red silk skein was dyed from Saipan wood and a bunch of rusty nails.
Orange from annatto seeds.
Ikat dyeing is done by wrapping the silk threads on a wooden frame, plastics are wrapped around the undyed section to resist the dye, and the rest of the skein is dyed in various colors.
The yarn with different colors weaves itself into Ikat pattern.