Habotai silk dyed by emersion in an avocado pit dye bath.
Final colour after simmering and soaking for 2-3 hours. A subtle light, dusky champagne-peach. A colour which can coordinate with all other colours in my patchwork garments. A good base for silk painting in stronger colours.
Avocado pits collected over the years. I used about 50 (half my storage). They will hopefully provide another dye bath. No mordant was used, to enable me to see the natural colour obtainable. More tests with mordants will follow.
Avocado pits after using and dyed silk.
Rinsing out silk after the dye bath. Hardly any colour washed out. The take-up was good: this is because there is a natural mordant in the avocado pits.
The silk – accurate colour, which looks different in different lights. In the shade it is more dusky pink, in sunlight – more creamy gold. Dye absorption was very even.
This avocado dyed silk will blend well with creams, pinks, peaches, jade greens and greys. Colour co-ordinations of new garments made with this silk and other patchwork fabrics will appear here when completed….