Wednesday, January 23, 2013
At Gather, we have dyed up some beautiful Hand-Spun Tussah Silk samples with our range of Natural Dyes, to show the lovely hues of colours that can be created. The following extract from the 'Why Natural Dye' essay by Ethel Mairet, helps explains my obsession with this world: "William Morris says "all degradation of art veils itself in the semblance of an intellectual advance." and nothing is truer than this with regard to the art of dyeing. As a tradition it is practically dead in Britain, and is threatened with gradual extinction all over the world. It will not recover itself as an art till individual artists set themselves to make beautiful colours again, and ignore the colour made for them by commerce and the chemists.