The other artists and I have been enjoying each other's company on trips to the local night markets, a lunch at the "big house"with Hijjas, and impromptu artist talks in each of our studios. Here is a photo I took at the night markets of some quirky beans called petai or stink beans.
|Rows of petai (Parkia speciosa)|
I was in KL for two days this week to attend a talk at the Muzium Textil Negara by Eddie Yap, a batik and shibori artist and one of the judges for this years Piala Seri Endon batik design competition.
|At the Bukit Bintang junction, KL.|
Unfortunately Eddie's presentation had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, so I missed meeting and talking to members of the Sahabat Textile group. Instead I had another look around the Muzium and photographed this example of batik coloured with the natural dyes from "pearl water, mangrove bark, rambutan skin and mangosteen skin".
|I could not find a credit for the maker of this naturally-dyed ensemble.|
|Not for the ticklish!|
|Preparing the Symplocos for mordanting fabric|
My first samples are dyed with areca nuts, the fruit of the Pinang palm tree, Areca catechu, which grows in Angela's taman sari (vege garden).These are very important in many Asian cultures, as they are chewed with betel leaf and lime. According to Wikipedia the extract also has antidepressant properties in rodents....know wonder our tikus here are so lively!
The nut itself is found inside a fleshy orange/red fruit, and is incredibly hard to crack open. Here is my dyepot showing the colour coming from the nuts inside the dye-bag. They look like segments of orange the way I have broken them but they are really very hard.
|Areca nuts boiled for an hour in rain water. A white piece of silk to show true colour.|
|Here are my first samples dyed with Areca nuts, not yet dry.|
sehingga minggu depan,