Kōrero: Lichens

Lichen-dyed wool

Lichen-dyed wool

Some natural dyes are made from lichens. In New Zealand Pseudocyphellaria coronata is known as the wool-dyer’s lichen. It is clear when boiled in water, but shades of green, pink, mauve, grey and brown can be made with the addition of mordants (fixing agents) such as ammonia and iron sulfate.

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Photograph by Alastair McLean and Bill Malcolm (inset)

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Lichens - Lichens in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10988/lichen-dyed-wool (accessed 27 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007