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Wolf Lichen

Forager/Dyer: Serenity Ibsen + Ripley the dog

Plant: Wolf Lichen

Color/Fiber: Yellowish on wool mordanted with Potassium Alum Sulfate; nothing? on cotton mordanted with Alum Acetate + chalk after bath

Date Foraged: October 10 2020

Location Foraged: SE 130th, between Bush + Holgate, Portland, OR

Dye Method: Stove Top


Notes from Cydni: Lichen has a really long history of being used as a dye from Native Americans to Vikings. From my research it's dye will only adhere to proteins, such as wool. Other more complex methods of pigment extraction maybe be able to be used to dye cotton or linens.


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