Fuchsia flower dying
🌼 Found fuchsias 🌼
🌼 These will be used to dye garments 🌼
🌼 Available @soulcircusfestival 🌼
🌼 August 17th-20th 🌼
🌼 Fun facts about Fuchsias: 🌼
▪️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.
🌼 UPDATE 🌼
Here's an update from a previous post about the fuchsia I foraged.
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.
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.
The bundle is then steamed and left to dry.
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!
Magic Little fuchsia!