Master Dyers in Houaphon Province, Laos

February 14, 2014 @ AboveTheFray

 

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A master dyer, in front of one of the intricate silk shaman cloth of her design in Houaphon Province, Laos.

The Art of Natural Dyes

Despite the invention of chemical (aniline) dyes in the late 19th Century, the hilltribe artists represented by Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art largely use dyes and mordants exclusively derived from locally-collected natural materials and processed using traditional methods. The complex “recipes” for making these permanent dyes have been handed down for generations. The art is still alive today, and we have met master-dyers who are still developing new colors using traditional methods and materials.

Master dyer in Houaphon Province, Laos, showing two types of dyes she uses on silk.

Master dyer in Houaphon Province, Laos, showing two types of dyes she uses on silk.

 

Read the article and see the pictures @ AboveTheFray.

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