opening the mail this morning i nearly choked on my porridge
when i read the unequivocal statement below
while the second sentence is true,
my response to the first was quite simply "bollox".
if you don't know what that means, good.
if you do, be assured that i have put a gold-coloured coin into the swear jar.
the reason green is traditionally considered to be a "difficult to achieve" colour is quite simply because of the way the plants have been processed.
most water supplies contain at least a little sodium
which tends to make everything yellow.
if you're lucky enough to live in Philadelphia
or Göttingen or other places where the water is rich in calcium; or if your water comes from a copper-rich bore/well then you'll be familiar with beautiful greens too
or you could go play at Mount Tamborine
where the climate and soil and magic-in-the-air gave us lovely greens
there's an old Japanese dyeing family whose name sadly escapes me for now
but you could google them if you had half an hour to spare, Dr something-beginning-with-K
spoke at the UNESCO dye conference in Hyderabad in 2006
and i distinctly recall him showing slides of the 167 repeatable and named
shades of green that his family could dye to order
[i'm pretty sure there must be either copper or calcium or both in their water]
their sample books go back over six or seven generations.
the samples above were dyed at Gore, New Zealand
and here's a link to the process we used at Warrnambool, Victoria
bundle-dyeing or ecoprinting [much the same thing]
is by far the best way to achieve greens
as the outside of the bundle acts as a filter
so what reaches the inside is relatively pure steam
without nasties that will dull the greens or change them to gold
and if you've pre-soaked your cloth
in a diluted copper+vinegar solution
[NOT copper sulphate, it is toxic and corrosive]
success is guaranteed.
now that i've got that off my chest
i'll clear up the mess of spluttered porridge
and get back to the dyepot...
its contents have to be packed and on a plane on Tuesday.