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Natural ink for block prinitng

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message 1: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Clbn | 2 comments Hi Lena,

I'm currently looking for natural inks (from plants and insects) that could do the job for woodblock printing on linen.

I found some ifnormation about Kalamkari and indian block printing; It seems they use natural inks to print on fabric... but I can't find any information or recipes on how to make that kind of inks.

Do you have any informations about this subject, or do you know where I can find some ?

thank you ,


message 2: by Lena (new)

Lena (lenacorwin) | 65 comments Mod
Hi Claudia,
My friend Kristine wrote a wonderful book called : The Modern Natural Dyer. If you can make a natural paste of some kind, you could add any natural dye pigment. Good luck!


message 3: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Clbn | 2 comments Hi Lena,

Thank you for you answer !

The paste you talk about would be used to thicken the ink?
My concern is about what natural material i can use to make the ink washable... but I guess I should first use mordant on all fabric and then print with the ink...

I'll buy the book you talk about and see if I can find more inside!

Thanks again!


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