16 May 2006

GUL / YELLOW

Og så de gule.

Langt de fleste planter giver gul, når man farver, der er kun en lille gruppe planter der giver resten af spektret. Mange af de gule er dog ikke særlig lysægte.
Jeg holder meget af at bruge birkeblade til gul: Processen er nok den nemmeste af alle plantefarvninger (dog ikke den hurtigste), det farver *meget* villigt og farven er en pragtfuld mættet varm gul. Den er også god at farve ovenpå med andre planter.
I øvrigt er der mange små insekter der elsker den god plantefarvet gul...hvilket er en af årsagerne til at man ikke ser så mange re-enacter vikinger i den farve.
Desuden var gul er en fattigmandsfarve, da gul jo kunne fås ud af snart sagt alt; og heller ikke moderne vikinger kan sige sig fri for forfængelighed (hvorfor det på markeder ofte ser ud som om alle trællene er stukket af, og kun de frie og de rige er tilbage). - Og så klæder gul de færreste blege nordeuropæere ;)

Let valket kipervævet uld farvet med birk (picture1):

Meget blegt blåt (indigo) kamgarn farvet med birk (picture2):En uldblanding af en slags farvet med birk, farven har kun trukket på ulden (ca. 75% af stoffet). (picture3):Kamgarn farvet med birk. Den grønne nuance skyldes alene at der er farvet på gråt garn i to forskellige nuancer, ret fascinerende (picture4): Meleret uldgarn (lysegrå/mørkegrå) farvet med birk (picture5)In English:
And the yellows.

Most plants will dye yellow. Only a small group of plants gives the rest of the colours. Many of the yellows are not particularly lightfast.
I like to use birch leaves for dyeing yellow. The process is the easiest of all dyeings (though not the most rapid), it colours willingly and the colour is a wonderful rich warm yellow. It is also good as base for dyeing with another colour (e.g. indigo = green).
By the way many little insects love a good plant dyed yellow, which is one of the reasons you don't se a lot of re-enacting vikings wearing that colour. Another reason is that yellow was a commom / poor man's colour, because next to everything dyes yellow...and there are vanity among vikings as well - which means that often, in markets, it looks like all the thralls have run of and only the free and the rich people are left. Apart from that yellow is really not good colour for pale Northern Europeans ;).

Picture1: Lightly fulled twilled wool dyed with birch leaves.
Picture2: Pale blue (indigo) yarn dyed with birch leaves
Picture3: A woolmix of sorts dyed with birchleaves. The colour has only set in the wool (75-80% of the fabric).
Picture4: Yarn dyed with birch leaves. The green nuances is due to the fact that the wool was a (natural) grey.
Picture5: Thick light grey /dark grey yarn dyed with birch leaves.

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