As part of Lenape Native American Craft related programming we have participants weave or reverse wrap cotton string to be placed in the dye of a natural color of their choice.  The colors displayed in the photographs below were created by simmering coreopsis flowers, blueberries and beats.  The individual bracelet was left in the chosen dye for a few minutes allowing the color to soak all the way through.  You can help to “fix” the color of the dyed bracelet by placing it within a salt bath before or after placing it within the dye.

Dyeing with Natural Materials

Dyeing with Beats

Dyeing with Blueberries

Dyeing with Coreopsis Flowers

Many other roots, leaves, nuts, berries and flowers can be simmered to create colorful dyes.

Experiment and you may uncover  hidden colors of nature.

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