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Thursday
Oct252007

gobaishi 五倍子 ごばいし

at one of the natural wool classes at my favorite wool store in kyoto, kin no hitsuji, we dyed wool with gobaishi, ごばいし 五倍子 a japanese gall that is created on japanese sumac (i think...it was a little complicated and hard to understand in japanese!!). with just alum and gobaishi, it didn't really change the color too much, but with iron, it turned a lovely heathery purple.
the gobaishi galls boiled for an hour in a mesh bag, they turned mushy
into the pot with iron added

 

 

the outcome.
if anybody out there knows more about gobaishi, i'd love to hear from you!