I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Giving it a spin

All of the washing, dying, spinning and weaving is done by hand. The shampoo is a grated root they jokingly referred to as “Inca shampoo,” and they only use natural dyes, mostly from roots and herbs plus cochineal from insects. I was especially fascinated by the dyes, and how many colors it is possible to produce using plants. If I ever want to take up another craft, I would love to try playing with natural dyes.

On the other hand, I have actually tried spinning using a hand spindle like these and I never managed to produce anything resembling yarn. So although it was fun to see experts in action, that's not something I'm likely to try again.

No comments:

Blog Archive