"Krāsošana ar ziemeļu madaras (Galium boreale) sakneņiem"
20'38'', 2011, documentary
Latvia

Master of the craft Anete Karlsone is showing how to dye wool in traditional way using roots of northern bedstraw.
During the filming she experiments with two batches of differently treated wool yarns.

One batch of wool is clean, she washes it in water before dyeing. After the dyeing the colour of the yarn is brownish. To get better results Anete is using alkali which she gets from the ashes poured with water. The yarn changes into more purple colour. The batch is left to dry without washing.

The other batch has been dipped into cow's urine (also alkali) for 18 hours, dryed. Anete dyes it without washing, and it also results in red/purple colour, but slightly less intense than the first batch with which she used alkali from the ashes.

PARTS
1) collecting the plant
- the best time is at the end of summer after the florescence
2) washing the roots
3) choping and weighing
- 1 kilo roots per 100 - 150 grams wool to get an intense colour
4) dipping the roots
- leave overnight in cool place, avoid fermenting
5) heating the roots
- heat up to 70 degrees by Celsius
6) dipping the wool in colour
- leave it for several hours
7) dyeing the wool
- heat up to 70 degrees by Celsius
8) treating wool with alkali
- use water and ashes to get alkali; wash wool in alkali for short time not to damage the yarn; leave to dry without washing

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