That the earth can produce such colours still amazes me after so many years. These colours have been produced by just a few plants.
- Weld for the basic yellows and the foundation of the greens and turquoises.
- Madder for the terracottas and browns.
- The insect cochineal for the pink that is the first layer of the purple.
Finally indigo to transform the yellows and pink into turquoise, green and purple.
A few grams of alum, cream of tartar and iron and you have a rainbow.
Mineral, plant, animal and man or in my case woman.
Earth, water, fire and air.
P.S These hanks are now on their way across the skies to a designer who will work them into an earth embracing shawl.
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