Shooting Colors in the Philippines

February 2015 @ MoC

February 4, 2015 @ PhilippineTextileResearchInstitute

We spent few weeks in Manila this winter, immersing in the Filipino culture, shooting colors and hunting words for our ColorCorpus research. It was good fun and we’ll be back to visit the countryside at some point later. Enjoy!

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The Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (PTRI-DOST) has recently released its new publication, Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines. The 140-page book contains general information on natural dyes and their plant sources and clear, crisp photos of PTRI-developed naturally dyed tropical fabrics in formal ensemble with a twist of elegance worn by participants and delegates to the 8th ASEAN Science and Technology Week (ASTW) in July 2008, Miss Earth 2007 candidates, and some ramp models. Besides the ASTW, the naturally dyed barongs and dresses jazzed up the Bahaghari Fashion Show at the ASTW dinner held at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila and gave zest to the pictorial for the book.

Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines attaches social connotations with each featured color from natural dyes and illustrates the facets of the Filipino culture. PTRI researchers Julius L. Leaño Jr. and Jenice P. Malabanan co-wrote the book.

BAHAGHARI FESTIVAL @ VisitMyPhilippines

Date : April 25
Venue : Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Description:
According to an old story, the early settlers of Pinamalayan came from Marinduque. While on their way to Mindoro using their boats, they encountered turbulent weather and lost their direction. They prayed to God Almighty for deliverance and guidance so the weather cleared and a rainbow appeared on the horizon. The crew shouted ipinamalay meaning “it was made known”. They followed the direction of the rainbow and landed at what is now Barangay Lumangbayan and established the first settlement which they named Pinamalayan. The rainbow became the historical landmark of the town. The yearly Bahaghari Festival is a colorful commemoration of the importance of the rainbow in the history of the town of Pinamalayan. The celebration includes a street dancing competition, cultural presentations, religious and cultural activities, products and trade fair. Like the rainbow which rises to give color in the sky after the torrent of rain, the Bahaghari Festival is a reflection of the continuing effort of the people of Pinalamayan that there is truly paradise at the end of the rainbow.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Telephone No. (043) 284-3146 / 443-1486

Bluer than blue: the revival of Philippine indigo @ Fibre2Fashionindigo dyed pina-seda barong

Philippine indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) is one of the oldest dyes in civilization and one of the most widely used natural dyes in the whole world due to its excellent colorfastness properties. In the Philippines, indigo was once extensively used in the weaving industry including the abel of llocos and the Abrenian fabrics.

The Philippine indigo has been part of the Galleon and Chinese trade in northern Philippines, centuries ago; however, the successful production of cheaper synthetic indigo eased it out of the market and caused its rapid decline not only in the Philippines but also all over the world.

In the Philippines, the former First Lady Amelia “Ming” Ramos initiated the effort to revive indigo dyeing. She became the Patroness of natural dyes and spearheaded the Katutubong Kulay Project of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation in the early 1990’s. The transfer and commercialization of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) developed technology on indigo in Abra revived and upgraded the age long tradition of using tayum, the local name of indigo in Abra. In fact, a town in Abra was aptly named Tayum, reportedly because of the abundance of naturally growing indigo in the place. Tayum is where Abra’s Natural Dye Center is located.

Read more at Fibre2Fashion

Ang Alamat ng Bahaghari (The Legend of the Rainbow) @ Behance

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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.

Master Dyers in Houaphon Province, Laos

February 14, 2014 @ AboveTheFray

 

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.

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.

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See and Read more @ AboveTheFray

Tekhelet

January 3, 2014 @ Discovery

Israeli researchers have identified three rare 2000-year-old fabrics that were dyed using one of the most expensive materials in antiquity — a snail known as Murex trunculus. In accordance with the biblical commandment, tekhelet was used to dye the tassels, or tzitzit, attached to the four-cornered garment worn by Jews. It was also used as the color of ceremonial robes donned by high priests in the Jerusalem Temple. Tekhelet was produced from the yellow glandular secretion of the Murex trunculus snail. Dipped into the solution for the dye, the fabrics turned blue after a brief exposure to air and sunlight. Hundreds of snails were necessary to dye cloths, making tekhelet prohibitively expensive.

bible-blue-fabricFabric dyed with a mysterious blue dye known as tekhelet.

bible-blue-purpleRecovered parts of textile tunics were purple colored.

 

Read all the article @ Discovery

Shooting Colors in Japan: Takasaki City Dye Plant Botanical Garden

December 7, 2013 @ MoC

Greetings from Japan!
Our visit to the Takasaki City Dye Plant Botanical Garden the other day where we took a plunge in “”Kusaki-zome” (color-dye) and “Ai-zome” (indigo-dye) left us ecstatic !

Reading from the brochure: “Takasaki City Dye Botanical Garden is a rare facility in the nation, where not only dyeing plants themselves but dyeing and weaving culture of Japan and its fascination is shown. Dyeing has been a valuable culture of the Japanese life since ancient times. You can understand the transition of the dyeing culture from antiquity to present in this garden, where you can also enjoy the dyeing plants with the change of the season. ‘The Roads of Japanese History’, the core of this garden, introduce the transition of dyeing from the ancient times through the main dyeing plants used in that time. You can see plants from Okinawa and rare plants used in the tropics like South Asia. The dye-craft exhibition hall has an exhibition room which introduces how sensitive Japanese are to the beauty of colors and also a laboratory where you can experience Kusaki-zome and Ai-zome.”

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Links: http://www.city.takasaki.gunma.jp/soshiki/senryou/index.htm