Natural dye - lac

Lac is an insect, which is used for natural dye. In traditional clothes in South/South East Asia, such as India, Indonesia Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia, the lac has been used to create red, wine red and other shades of red to pink colors (refer to the photo below). 

In Japan, lac was introduced already in the 8th century.

Lac creates nest surrounding a branch of a tree. The nest of the lac is used after they start making a new nest and the old one is abandoned. The nest is crushed into powder to be used in the dyeing process. 

Some antique fabric from about 100 years ago still maintain the reddish color, which is impressive!

Why not find your favorite natural colored handwoven textile?

 

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