Coffee With My Walnuts Please

No, I am not having dessert, just a bit of kitchen dying.Coffee and Walnuts Shibori liningKitchen dying has been one of my activities this past year. Wanting to line a knitted scarf with silk, I decided to have my fun in the kitchen rather than downstairs in the dye lab.The silk was from the bolt, so I [...]

Dying With The Purpura Pansa-A True Lost Art

Dying With The Purpura Pansa-A True Lost Art

Purple-stained fingers and nails are signs of a Purpura hunter and dyer On the Oaxaca coast of Mexico, a small band of sixteen men carry on an ancient tradition.  They coax a thimbleful of ink (really a narcotic to paralyze prey) from the mollusk Purpura Pansa.  For centuries, this beautiful purple yarn has been woven [...]