Ecoprinting with Laura Dell’Erba – Silk Chiffon

from Laura Dell'Erba - 5 June 2017

Ecoprinting on silk chiffon 6

In this ecoprinting tutorial, Laura Dell’Erba is going to use our Silk Chiffon 6. Some passages are very similar to those that were shown for ecoprinting on fabrics of animal origin, that is Etamine and pure wool Gauze. However, the final result is going to be different.

If you are interested in an environmentally sustainable fabric, in this other tutorial Laura Dell’Erba ci shows us how to make the most out of ecoprinting techniques with fabrics of plant origin.

Get your leaves, your chiffon and your pot ready: here we go!

Steps for ecoprinting  on silk chiffon 6

Before you lay the fabric down on your work surface, don’t forget to wash it thoroughly. Once it is dry, the first step is to fold it into an accordion fold.

Ecoprinting - silk chiffon

Then, spray some vinegar all over the silk. Open the accordion folded silk in the middle and scatter the leaves all over it. Fold it back and apply a second layer of leaves on top.

Ecoprinting - placing leaves on chiffon

Roll some cotton around an iron rod and place it at the edge of the fabric piece. Tightly roll the silk chiffon 6, being careful not to create any creases.

Ecoprinting - rolling up the chiffon

Finally, secure the roll on both sides with rubber bands, then tie it with a doubled kitchen twine. This way, the fabric will not move around while you cook it.

The next step for Ecoprinting on silk chiffon 6 is to prepare a mixture of 4gr. of chlorophyll extract and put it into a pot with at least 25 liters of water.

Ecoprinting - boiling chiffon with chlorophyll

Put the silk chiffon 6 roll in the water when it is still cold and boil it. Once it starts boiling, you need to let it cook for 45 minutes.

Ecoprinting - boiling silk chiffon 6

In the following pictures you can see the results that you can get with Ecoprinting on silk chiffon 6.Ecoprinting - results after boiling

Ecoprinting - The final result with silk chiffon 6

Ecoprinting - Silk chiffon 6 dress

The result is shiny textile with a delicate, watercolor-like palette. I adore it.

Let us continue our journey through Ecoprinting with our third and last chapter, the one about fabrics of plant origin.

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