|Kate Snowdon, journalism student and |
Tanya Talati, International Student Exchange Co-ordinator
This afternoon I plucked up my courage and dyed a 4m length of devore silk velvet. The fabric alone costs about $100, without the devore and dye processes, so if it went wrong I would have ruined some very expensive material. The sample I did the other day, dyed well in a lovely sandy beige colour, and this time I wanted to make a rich plummy brown. The silk background grabs the colour strongly, and the viscose pile takes the dye in a much more subtle way. It took ages to bring a 20 litre pan of dye to the right temperature, but I followed the instructions very carefully, and did not hurry the process. It is difficult to get an even colouring but I was very pleased with the result. The photos show the fabric pegged up after rinsing, so the colours will change again after it is dry. The devored background was exactly the colour I wanted, but I was surprised at how pale the viscose pile is.
|Silk viscose devore velvet pegged up to dry|