Blue indigo dye commonly used in today’s jeans was used by pre-Hispanic communities in Peru around 6,000 years ago.
Use of the complex technique involved in creating indigo dye predates its use by ancient Egyptians by about 1,500 years.
The finding, published in Science Advances, is based on the analysis of blue pigment in a 6,000-year-old piece of cotton fabric found at an archaeological site in Huaca Prieta, on the north coast of Peru. The source of the blue pigment was unknown until today’s study, which used highly sensitive equipment known as high-performance liquid chromatography to determine it was a plant-based form of indigo.
The Guild’s rare breed spinning project to help celebrate our 70th anniversary next year has been launched with a spin off of Romney fleece. The Romney Spinning Notes are available for those who want to keep a record of your thoughts and your work.
Peter Clark came to the July general meeting of the Guild to tell us about his father’s role in the establishment of guilds in Sydney in the 1930s. At the end of the article are links to some historic documents.
My Journey into the World of Spinning, Weaving and Dyeing in the 1930s and 40s
Good afternoon Guild members. Thank you Jenny for your kind invitation to address members of the guild today. I have termed the talk as my journey into the world of spinning, weaving and dyeing in the 1930s and 40s. Read More
In 2015, the Guild, using Freda Neale funds, commissioned Marie Clews to train the weaving room staff at Inala Disability Service to develop projects suitable for their disabled clients.
Dulkara narrow weaving for bag strap.
The weaving room at Inala has 8 to 10 clients at a time. Marie has been attending the facility on a regular basis, either when the Inala clients are weaving or after hours to instruct the Inala teacher. The teachers at Inala have no previous weaving experience. Marie said, “Since there is usually only one other aide in the room, the teacher cannot spend much time learning the basics of weaving.” Some of the clients are capable of weaving by themselves, others need one-on-one help, while a few have been weaving for years very competently. Read More
The newly formed Weaver’s Interest Group got together and launched their first challenge to Guild Members last week. The group, welcoming all weavers, meets monthly for discussions, show and tell, inspiration and solutions to your weaving questions. Read More
Following the talk by Katherine Henry in April about the Australian Rare Breed Project (also on Facebook), the Guild began a special project to feature some of these breeds as part of the Guild’s 70th birthday celebrations in 2017. The Guild has decided to purchase the fleece of ten breeds, starting with Romney, Ryeland, Lincoln crossed with Hampshire Down, Perendale and Dorset Down. Read More
The Neighbourhood centre at Lane Cove, Sydney wants to start a social group for people to indulge their crafty pursuits (whatever they may be) in a social, fun and friendly environment. They are open to all crafters: knitters, crocheters, quilters, needleworkers, tatters, jewellery makers, folk artists, scrap bookers, whatever craft takes your fancy.
The group will be held at their centre at 23a Stokes Street, Lane Cove on a Thursday evening.
To determine if the group would be successful, they ask interested people to express their interest by , Facebooking Meeting House Neighbourhood Centre or by phoning 9427 1841.
hopes to put together a project for a complete small wool processing mill here in Australia aimed at small farmers (1 to 200+ shed). She is at the information gathering stage of her business plan and would like small fibre producers to complete a short survey.
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