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ALESSANDRA | Dyer

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Passionate about textiles, botany and especially about natural colors applied to textiles. I am specialized in dying wool with pigments extracted from plants, my personal favorite is Bue di Guado (Isatis) a blue dye that is a big part of my region, le Marche, history: here they cultivate the biggest crop in Europe and they have a production center that you can visit if you wish. Dyeing fibers naturally is part of a project I’ve called CineBotanica within which I organize courses that teach how to recognize the local flora and work shops on how to produce the ink and natural lacquer to be able to also cover writing and embroidering. In this course I will show you how to dye wool with blue and green pigments extracted from local plants, the wool we are going to dye is of a high quality: it comes from a herd of sheep from Puglia (Gentile) that has been crossed with a battering ram (Merinos) to create an even softer wool. I work in the cliffs surrounded by typical Italian towns, 2.5 km from the sea and even closer to the mountains.
There are many safe trails in the area and if you love the sea you can find some sandy beaches and some rocky ones full of Mediterranean vegetation about an hour away from where I am.

ALESSANDRA | Dyer


THE STORY
Passionate about textiles, botany and especially about natural colors applied to textiles. I am specialized in dying wool with pigments extracted from plants, my personal favorite is Bue di Guado (Isatis) a blue dye that is a big part of my region, le Marche, history: here they cultivate the biggest crop in Europe and they have a production center that you can visit if you wish. Dyeing fibers naturally is part of a project I’ve called CineBotanica within which I organize courses that teach how to recognize the local flora and work shops on how to produce the ink and natural lacquer to be able to also cover writing and embroidering. In this course I will show you how to dye wool with blue and green pigments extracted from local plants, the wool we are going to dye is of a high quality: it comes from a herd of sheep from Puglia (Gentile) that has been crossed with a battering ram (Merinos) to create an even softer wool. I work in the cliffs surrounded by typical Italian towns, 2.5 km from the sea and even closer to the mountains. There are many safe trails in the area and if you love the sea you can find some sandy beaches and some rocky ones full of Mediterranean vegetation about an hour away from where I am.
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Alessandra, dyer

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We will dye 400 grams of wool that you will be allowed to take home with you to make your own creation, or we will dye a refined scarf of mohair wool and 200 grams of wool. You will be allowed to choose between dyeing with the Woad from Isatis tinctoria, the technique that will produce a wonderful Blue, or a yellow of Reseda lutea to which we will add a splash of Blue to create a vibrant green. One day spent with dyes that will allow you to learn the most important techniques for dyeing wool. From now on you will be able to prepare your dyeing bath with pigments as to be able to create your own and unique color. We will be using a special sheep wool that comes from the Gentile di puglia breed that is produced in a small family run farm, in Abruzzo region.

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