What do you actually need? Food, clothing and shelter. Everything else is entertainment.
We’ve had a TON of fun investigating the emails we are receiving from Carter’s Grandparents, who have been travelling through India. One of their emails told us about how fabric is “stamped” using wooden blocks and natural dyes made from the plants and spices they have around them!
WHAT? Did you say SPINACH? Yup … SPINACH! On THIS fabric, they used the green to OUTLINE the design. Oh, oh … here goes a bunch MORE wondering! By NOW, you shouldn’t be THAT surprised by our natural curiosity!
The YELLOW was used to fill in the GREEN outline made by the SPINACH! It must take SUCH a long time to complete stamping a piece of fabric to make a tablecloth or a sari. It must take a LOT of PATIENCE! If they can use SPINACH and CURRY and MUSTARD … we wonder what ELSE they can use to make bright, beautiful colours to decorate the fabric with?
It’s TRUE … once it’s DONE, it’s DIPPED into SALT! But, we don’t understand why the SALT solution turns the piece of fabric RED! Hmm. We’ll have to do some more RESEARCH! After ALL the drawings are done, then they put them together to make a sari … or a tablecloth … or something else that is JUST as beautiful!
We ALL agree that it sounds like a VERY complicated process. We LOVE that we are learning more about India through Carter’s amazing Grandparents. ALL of these photos have been taken by them and shared with us. We are blessed! Because of their adventures, we’ve discovered that MANY cultures around the world dye their fabrics using plants for natural dyes … INCLUDING the PIONEERS! We even managed to find a GREAT website that told us how we could make our OWN natural dyes. Several of us are going to save our avocado skin and pits because we REALLY don’t believe that they can produce a PINK dye! After all … avocados are GREEN!
We STILL have a TON of wonders:
- What OTHER cultures use natural dyes to make clothing?
- WHY does the salt solution turn the fabric red?
- Have YOU ever made your own natural dye? We’d LOVE to hear about it!
- What OTHER things can be used to make natural dyes.
- How in the WORLD did people FIRST discover that you could use PLANTS to dye CLOTH?
- Would natural dyes work as well as the Rit dye we used on our GEODES?
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.