© 2020 planted pigments

Adams, MA

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hand dyed using alkanet, producing a light mauve

printed pattern - butterfly bush


about the dye plant -

alkanet –

The alkanet’s flower is a small blue to purple bloom, reminding me a bit of brunnera (also known as Siberian bugloss).  I did not grow this particular plant in my garden this year, but I am on the hunt for alkanet seeds (which are apparently very hard to find). The root of the plant is what is used for the dyeing. I have achieved a silvery mauve to bright amethyst purple from the alkanet, just by shifting the amount of time the silk sat in the dye bath.

butterfly bush