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Carob, that remarkable and large pod hanging on trees is superfood packed with antioxidants. John the baptist knew this, now I do too. And as I had gathered carob to produce a powder from, I found out I could use carob pods as a dye too, plus, it contains tannin.
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I broke the pods into pieces before I put them in the dye pot. The photo above shows the part I used for grinding powder. They simmered for half an hour to an hour before I took the broken pieces of pods out of the dye pot. With the colored water left I placed the fabric in it and had it simmering for another half an hour to an hour. The fabric was left overnight in the dye bath.
The effect on a hemp/cotton and a pure cotton piece of fabric became brown/redish with a hint of resembling that of a salmon. Or, as my husband said: ‘A color like the cinnamon coated marzipan balls.’
I picked the pods in March. I had a small bucket of pods and 60 gram scoured cotton.
I stumbled upon sumac without knowing what it was. Sumac, to me, is an ornamental tree with big reddish velvet looking tops sticking up at the end of each branch. Branches are thick, few and each is strong and sturdy. They’re also high and I could not reach them.
The places to be creative are best when outside, even when the cold starts to set in (but a fire is a must!)
The beauty of growing (part of) your own food is more than just healthy, it is beauty to the eye and rapture to the senses. It is hard work too. A visual reconnection with traveling the world because food is life.
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