Southeast Asia 2015 – Dyeing in Luang Prabang

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.

Natural dye recipe

Natural dye recipe

This gorgeous pink/red silk skein was dyed from Saipan wood and a bunch of rusty nails.

Color pink/red from dyed from saipan wood.

Orange from annatto seeds.

Orange from annatto seeds.

Orange from annatto seeds produces the bright orange color from the background.

Natural dye colors

Colors from natural plants 

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.

This weaver is wrapping the silk around the frame for resist dye.

This weaver is wrapping the silk around the frame for resist dye.

Plastic ties are wrapped around to resist the dye penetrating the silk.

Plastic ties are wrapped around to resist the dye penetrating the silk.

Ikat dye. Notice the wrapped end where the silk will remain undyed.

Ikat dye. Notice the wrapped end where the silk will remain undyed.

The yarn with different colors weaves itself into Ikat pattern.

All that work is then woven on a loom and the painted color band weaves itself into a pattern.

All that work is then woven on a loom and the painted color band weaves itself into a pattern.

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