As part of being an ecological village, Taomi villagers are also very good at conceptualizing and constructing handicrafts from naturally found materials.
Traditionally, Taiwan has been known for its blue-dye handicrafts. Taomi Villagers have since taken it further by exploring various dye colours using different naturally found ingredients under the guidance of a local artist.
Over the course of 4 months, the participants of the natural dye class have learnt the craft of dyeing anything ranging from scarfs to door curtains. They have transformed from their initial shy homemaker selves, into confident budding artists ready to showcase their newly honed talents. We are pleased to see their evolution and honoured to showcase their masterpieces.
At the end of every chapter is a new beginning.
As this series of lessons have come to an end, we await anxiously for the start of the next (:
Brief Introduction to (Warm) Natural Dye
1. Collect and chop the required plant parts.
2. Boil required amount, add in enhancers if necessary.
3. Design your cloth to be dyed using string and other materials to create the pattern.
4. Soak cloth in softeners to enhance dye effects.
5. Place into boiling hot dye.