Henna

Using the same alpaca yarn as in the previous post, mordanted with alum 10% wof, the next lot was dyed with henna at 50% wof. The powder was mixed into a paste, then added to the pot and simmered fohenna .jpgr about an hour. It took considerably longer than this to strain the liquid through double muslin, but has probably saved even more time that would have been spent trying to get the fine particles out of the yarn. This is destined to be the weft to go with the dahlia-dyed yarn.

The powder was purchased in an Indian deli in the city centre, source of alkanet, too, until the shop closed down, but one (of many) advantages of such a multicultural city is that  henna is never far away.

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