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Black Walnut


Plant/Non Human Collaborator: Black Walnuts


Forager/Dyer/Human Collaborator:

Cydni Carter Lopez


Color/Fiber: Purple Brown on Linen mordanted with Alum Acetate



Date Foraged: August 10, 2020


Location Foraged: Buckman Field, NE 16th, Portland, OR


Dye Method: Stove Top


Recipe: foraged in the field where I walked my dog. A giant walnut tree lived on the edge of the field as was the prized shady location all summer. If I walked Diego early enough we could gather all the fallen walnuts that had accumulated. I used 3 walnuts to dye approx 50 grams of linen.



Three walnuts starting to release their pigment – called jugalone.


The walnuts after taking them out of the dye bath – they turned black! I bet there is more pigment in there!