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Ecoprinted Botanical Scarf

Elaine Dohms

$125.00

Ecoprinted Botanical Scarf by Elaine Domes. Unique and custom fiber accessories, and art inspired by the beauty of the mountains.

  • 13″ x 70″
  • Silk
  • Hand dyed
  • One-of-a-kind wearable art
  • Use pH balanced neutral soap, otherwise colors might change
  • Made in NC

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Description

Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves, and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Plant material bundled inside of cloth is steamed or boiled to release the dye found naturally inside the plant, creating a contact print in the shape of the leaf or flower used. These contact prints are referred to as “eco-prints.”

Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. Elaine places every leaf by hand (or sometimes by tweezer), creating a pleasing pattern and color palette. Then, the fabric, with the plant material inside, is tightly rolled around a pipe or stick. The ‘bundles’ are tossed into a steamer or a pot of water. Heat releases the dye out of the plant, coloring the fabric next to the leaf. The colors are revealed as the plant material is lifted of the unwrapped fabric.

She likes to combine eco-printing with traditional natural dye methods, which she employs the dye to the background. Sometimes she prints the leaves first and then dyes the background. Other times, she dyes the background and then prints the leaves. She likes to create variations in color by changing the water source, pH, or switching out the kind of pipe she is using.

Artist: Elaine Dohms

Description

Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves, and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Plant material bundled inside of cloth is steamed or boiled to release the dye found naturally inside the plant, creating a contact print in the shape of the leaf or flower used. These contact prints are referred to as “eco-prints.”

Each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. Elaine places every leaf by hand (or sometimes by tweezer), creating a pleasing pattern and color palette. Then, the fabric, with the plant material inside, is tightly rolled around a pipe or stick. The ‘bundles’ are tossed into a steamer or a pot of water. Heat releases the dye out of the plant, coloring the fabric next to the leaf. The colors are revealed as the plant material is lifted of the unwrapped fabric.

She likes to combine eco-printing with traditional natural dye methods, which she employs the dye to the background. Sometimes she prints the leaves first and then dyes the background. Other times, she dyes the background and then prints the leaves. She likes to create variations in color by changing the water source, pH, or switching out the kind of pipe she is using.

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