Avocado Dyed Silk

Amelia Hoskins / Dyes, Plant Dye / / 0 Comments / Like this
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Peach result of avocado dye bath
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Avocado pits saved over the years in a jar

I used about 50 Avocado pits collected over the years.  (half my storage).   They will hopefully provide another dye bath.   No mordant was used prior on silk, to enable me to see the natural colour obtainable.  The first colour is very pure and bright; any mordants would likely make it darker or duller.   More tests with mordants will follow.  An after-modifier such as iron water would deepen and grey it, but I didn't want to change the pure colour this first dye time.

Avocado Pits Dye Procedure

  • Soak pits for some days in boiled water to soften (mine were years old).
  • Boil up pits for an hour and simmer for another hour or two, until colour is seen in water.
  • Turn off and cool to hand hot, to insert silk (too hot will roughen some silk surfaces).
  • Note:  I have simmered Habotai silk, but Ahimsa is ruined by boiling.
  • Agitate frequently for even dyeing.  When colour no longer strengthens, remove silk and rinse out.
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Avocado dyed silk toned with blue hydrangea
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Avocado dyed silk toned with pink and cream geraniums

Habotai silk results from Avocado pits

Final colour after gentle simmering and soaking for 2-3 hours.  A subtle light, dusky champagne-peach with a lovely sheen; a colour which can coordinate with all other colours in patchwork garments.  A good base for silk painting in stronger colours of pinks, reds and blues.

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