Ganderkesee: Remhob-Verlag, 2002.
298 pp. 500 color plates. 8.5 x 11 Hardback in New condition. Item #BOOKS011002I
Koekboya is a Turkish word. Literally translated, it means root-dye. It is used in Turkey for all kinds of natural dyes, whether they actually are made from roots or rather from flowers, leaves, tubers, or seeds. Even insect dyes are included in the Turkish expression Koekboya. In this book, almost 100 dyeplants from Turkey and around the world are introduced on a scientific basis: their botany, their qualities for dyeing, their cultural and historical importance, and - in light of the world-wide Renaissance of natural dyeing - aspects concerning their reintroduction, for professional use or only as a hobby. Tested dye instructions ease access to their practical use. In addition, there are special chapters on the various dyeing techniques, on dye insects, indigo and Tyrian Purple, as well as on textiles fibers, from wool and cotton to wild silk, hemp and rafia. The basic textile techniques and the related equipment are briefly described and illustrated with drawings and photographs, and the various possibilities for decorating with natural dyes are presented. An introductory chapter on colour provides a scientific background, leading then to questions and perception about color psychology and color aesthetics. Ecological problems and those of globalization, as well as the multiplicity in the world of textiles, are also touched. -Cover.