Adding some spice to my kitchen** dyeing, I tried out turmeric. They say that there’s health benefits to turmeric…but I can say for sure there are dye benefits. And, it smells wonderful. Like standing over a pot of wonderful Thai soup/green curry! (**By kitchen dyeing, I mean dyeing with foodstuffs, not dyeing in my kitchen.)
It’s cold and snowy here, so I’m really excited by my results. I know, I know…it’s a variant on backyard yellow….but it’s wonderful and gold!
For fun, I added some soda ash to increase the ph. And, now I’m beyond excited…I’m dancing. Check out that wonderful orange. WOWSER!! If you add acid, then you get back to gold. Protein + turmeric = gold. (Irregardless of the ph.) Cellulose + turmeric = gold (lower ph) or orange (high ph) depending on the ph.
So, is all that mordanting necessary? Apparently not!
Here’s some shibori folding…one is on alum mordanted fabric and the other is plain fabric. The fabric was folded and then dipped in high-ph turmeric. Not much difference. The one on the left was mordanted and it’s a bit more orange. But there’s nice color on the unmordanted fabric. Making turmeric a substantive dye.