Hot Compost Dyeing
We make a 20 day hot compost system
on our property where we practice permaculture.
I have experimented dyeing with our hot compost system with pleasing results.
The Community Composting paid a visit into our stall and
opened the possibility of using their system for dyeing.
I can hot compost dye on a weekly basis now.
We have wwoofers (willing workers for organic farms) who benefit from
participating in the weekly turning of the community composting.
Benefits of using the natural process of turning food scraps into soil to dye natural fabrics are:
Save on electricity and gas
Slow, steady heat creates beautiful clear colours and patterns
A collaboration of local skills
plants rolled in fabric
and covered with paper
for best results
bundles are placed near
the top of the compost
80 percent of soil
is made up of either
living or dead organisms
these organisms create heat
carefully picking up the bundle
paper touched by colour
seeing the surprise the first time