Station House Gallery summer student Stefanie McBride with an indigo-dyed tunic from Afghanistan

Station House Gallery summer student Stefanie McBride with an indigo-dyed tunic from Afghanistan

Documentaries explain ancient decorative traditions of textiles

Two more noon-hour documentaries will be shown at the Station House Gallery in August to highlight the Common Threads Exhibition of exotic hand-crafted textiles from India, and other eastern countries.

Two more noon-hour documentaries will be shown at the Station House Gallery in August to highlight the Common Threads Exhibition of exotic hand-crafted textiles from India, and other eastern countries. 

The film Indigo: A World of Blue will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 4 at noon in the gallery.

While many cultures now use synthetic indigom manufactured from coal tar or petroleum, traditional indigo dye made from the indigofera plant, produces different shades of blue including a violet tone called indigo red. Natural indigo also produces a rich coppery sheen when the dyed fabric is pounded or ironed.

Numerous examples of pounded indigo are included in the textile show, some dating back to the early 1900s. 

The third documentary is called In Search of Lost Colour, the story of natural dyes, and takes place Thursday, Aug. 11 at noon.

In Search of Lost Colour looks at a range of dye techniques — from the caracol purpura snail in Mexico to the use of lac insects of Laos, to the jackfruit root to the most famous dye root of all: madder. 

 

Donations are accepted at the door.