Easter Dye Shibori

Easter Dye Shibori

This silk top was dyed with three different colors. In preparing natural Easter egg dyes for my toddler I used the dyes for this silk top when we were done coloring eggs. The primary yellow was created from collecting the wildflower, oxalis or “sour grass”, from our urban neighborhood where it grows in patches of soil around trees and along sidewalks. The oxalis resulted in the deep nearly florescent yellow. The additional colors were created using red cabbage (blue/ purple) and onion skins (amber/ orange) while the green was the over-dyeing effect of the cabbage atop the oxalis. This is my most complicated Shibori natural dye project to date–three colors and various direct dye applications after a full immersion dye in oxalis. No mordants were used and the top is a secondhand 100% silk top. For more information read this blog post.