The workshop on safflower dying. At the end we had to dry the fabrics before cutting into samples for everyone. [click photos to enlarge]
We all crowded around the teacher. The main color we were looking for was red.
Samples were cut for everyone at the end. We were surprised to be able to get so many colors from the safflowers. Our teacher was an expert.
Orange was the last color to come. By then everyone was in a good mood. It was a wonderful workshop.
Here I am with my translator for the safflower workshop. She did great explaining everything including the changing pH.
Another workshop showed how those glorious colors on old Chinese robes were dyed with natural dyes. The color system was based on 5 colors. Red, blue, yellow, green, and purple.
Here are the colors. Different shades of colors were worn according to the rank of the person.
Translations were awkward. I finally figured out that they were talking about the tops of acorns. What they called them was “the tops of oak tree fruits”. Rhubarb wasn’t as hard as one would think. Smoked plum took awhile to “get”.