Indigo Dyed Native American Shawl

This twice hand dyed fabric is finally becoming a dance shawl with flat fringe. Cotton sateen fabric was first dyed red using fiber reactive dyes.  Red represents the blood of Ancestors who’s shoulders I’m standing on to be in this moment and creating handmade.Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 9.31.00 AM I manipulated the fabric in a random puffy cloud technique and secured it with rubber bands. Mixing five different Pro Chemical powder dyes in an immersion bath overnight created the red. After washing the fabric in blue Dawn, I hung it on a clothesline to dry. Next the fabric was manipulated using a concentric circle technique off the centerfold of the fabric and secured with tobacco twine. I used a natural indigo vat and dipped the fabric seven times. The indigo process removed some of the red fiber reactive dye so I got values of beige. I prefer the results from using this process instead of dyeing red fabric in indigo. My process takes more time, but the result is stunning. Today the fabric has been pressed and I’m organizing materials to begin cutting the flat fringe. Stay tuned! I’ll post the process with pictures.  

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  1. Barbara J Walker says:

    i WANT TO PURCHASE ONE….Need info on how.

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    1. I’ll dye more of this cloth in September. Do you want to purchase just the cloth or a finished flat fringe shawl? I’ll blog the process as I go. First I need to order more cloth. Thanks! Abundant blessings!

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    1. We should plan a visit for next year, so I can indigo dyeing with your students. Your gift will be a shawl. Let’s work to make it happen. I miss you in my life. Abundant blessings! Carola OH! i dyed porcelain buttons in indigo!!!!

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