Natural Dyes

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Dyes, Natural


substances formed by living organisms or contained in minerals. They are used in the textile, food-processing, and perfume industries as well as in rug manufacturing. The best-known dyes of animal origin are carmine, a red dye obtained from the bodies of female cochineal insects; Tyrian purple, a reddish violet dye contained in the adrectal glands of marine gastropod mollusks of the family Muricidae; and sepia, a grayish brown pigment obtained from the secretions of the ink sac of marine cephalopod mollusks of the genus Sepia (cuttlefish).

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The Influence of Mordant on The Light Fastness of Yellow Natural Dyes, Journal of American Institute for Conservation, 21(2): 43-58.
What remains of interest is how the use of natural dyes was developed across continents and oceans, in societies as diverse as the Mayan Indians, the nomadic Yoruks of Turkey, the ikat weavers of Central Asia, the carpet-weavers of Persia and the traditional dyeing communities of southern India and the Gangetic delta.
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The girls' bodies are painted in intricate designs with natural dyes made from forest plants.
Today, either commercial or natural dyes can be used.
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Dyed color swatch samples of various textiles which have received natural dyes are provided, along with tips and techniques for using barks, plants, trees, and even common kitchen ingredients.
She also works mostly with hand-woven raw silk and cotton and also raw silk fabrics from India where she does black print on them and natural dyes. She gets her raw materials from the local market.
This was facilitated by the growing in the region of a large number of plants that serve as natural dyes. Since ancient times Shirvan carpets have always attracted the attention of scientists and travelers.
There will also be wine tasting; a display on using natural dyes from plants grown on the plots, and a bee keeper will explain the importance of bees.

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