Fuchsia flower dying

🌼 Found fuchsias 🌼

12/07/2018

🌼 These will be used to dye garments 🌼
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🌼 Available @soulcircusfestival 🌼
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🌼 August 17th-20th 🌼
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🌼 Fun facts about Fuchsias: 🌼
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▪️Native Americans used root of fuchsia as a source of black pigment for colouring of wool.
▪️Unlike other species of fuchsia, Fuchsia excorticata grows as a tree. Its wood is so dense and hard that it cannot be used as firewood.
▪️Indigenous people of New Zealand (Maori) were using blue pollen from the flowers of Fuchsia excorticata as a source of make-up.
▪️Fuchsia is a symbol of "good taste" in Japan, and "confiding love" and "amiability" in the western societies
▪️Fuchsia can survive for hundreds of years. Oldest known fuchsia (that still lives) was planted in 1899.

20/07/2018

🌼 UPDATE 🌼
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Here's an update from a previous post about the fuchsia I foraged.
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With these flowers I left them to dry out for a couple of days, once they were dry enough they are then sprinkled onto a top.
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This top has been pre-mordanted with alum.
Alum is a double sulfate salt of aluminium and is used to mordant the top.
Pre-mordanting is the begining process of dying.
Pre-mordanting is done so that the natural dyes and colours stay into the fabric and do not wash out.
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The bundle is then steamed and left to dry.
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Something really interesting which hasn't happened before is that the fist image is of the top freshly unwrapped and waiting to dry.
The second image is what I woke up to this morning!
Somehow the colour has become even more brighter and pink/purple!
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Magic Little fuchsia!
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Mia Herrod