I don't think this lesson will change my
behavior either except to look more closely about how a particular suspect
dye is used. If it is artistic and in keeping with the color and design of
a particular area of a rug, I'll probably stop and look from a larger
perspective than just at the one color.
As far as how David made the
dyes, I'll ask him to fill in if he wishes, otherwise I can tell you that
the temperature of the water bathes, the length of time in the bath, the
concentration of the dye stuff all make a difference. Personally I'm not
fond of the blue color in the kilim, but it, too, is natural (or
) indigo. In talking to the weavers in the
Rochester Weavers Guild, how these dyes are used in "home" production is
an art - not a science; all about experience. Makes me appreciate the
weavers and dyers skills a whole lot more.