Friday, August 29, 2008

Hopi Black Dye Sunflowers





Apparently the Hopi tribe use the seeds from these sunflowers to make both black and purple dyes for cloth and baskets. If my seeds mature before frost, I will enjoy experimenting with them. In the meantime, they are a cheerful sight in the garden, with blue and purple morning glories climbing them, the bees clustering around them; plants green and vigorous in a brown and crispy yard.

3 comments:

Knit and fall back in it said...

Beautiful

cyndy said...

Watch out the birds don't get them before you do!

My Hopi Black Sunflower dye bath produced a nice light purple on the wool....(and it has remained colorfast through the years!)

Linnea said...

Oh, beautiful pictures! I hope your dyes turn out just as lovely.