The World of Plant Dyes

Dieter Kaiser

  • The first comprehensive book on dyeing wool with plants
  • Environmentally sustainable procedures
  • Step by step guidelines for each plant
ISBN: 978-3-03902-190-1
Cover: Hardcover
Extent: 224 pages
Weight: 934 g
Format: 19.2 cm x 24.5 cm
271 colour photos, word count: 57.733
Right sold: All rights available
30,00 EUR

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A universal, thousands-of-years old handcraft!

In this book, Dieter Kaiser gives a uniquely detailed and thorough illustration of the various techniques and methods for dyeing with plants, suitable for amateurs at home but also in support of a more successful professional outcome, for instance to ameliorate the life circumstances of people in developing countries. Plants can generate gorgeous colours while being 100% environmentally friendly. However only few of them are suitable to produce consistent results: with the help of meticulous basic recipes and detailed, well-illustrated step-by-step instructions the author shows us how to create an inexhaustible number of harmonizing colours using dyer's weed, indigo, catechu, wild madder, or cochineal.

Dieter Kaiser: Professional plant dyer for more than 40 years, working with wool and silk. Together with his wife Christa Laiß he teaches techniques of natural dyeing in Germany and many other countries worldwide on behalf of various organisations. He holds courses and lectures on the topic of natural dyeing, and is also active in vocational training.

»For us as consumers, the perception of colours is a completely subconscious, self-evident act. The producers of consumer goods, however, are well aware of the power that colours have and how they can be used to seduce us. Colours are a fundamental component of how we perceive the world.«
– Dieter Kaiser