In the lexicon of Proust and Monet, ombre means "shaded." In the decorative arts vocabulary, it fittingly refers to a historic method of dyeing fabric that renders subtle gradations of color from light to dark. An offshoot of a European weaving process, ombre has adorned pre-Civil War quilts and furniture textiles, Victorian-era ribbons and trims, and even -- in a wilder moment -- 1970s disco wear. In recent years, the technique has taken a sophisticated turn, appearing in all manner of fashion.
- Martha Stewart Living
I've had a set of plain cotton napkins for ever. Must love them dearly, for every time they begin to look a little out of colour, they get a fresh start with over- dyeing. They have changed colour from white to off white, pale yellow, canary yellow and now- taking a cue from MS Living- a two-toned Yellow and Orange avatar.
Have done it with a variety of other fabrics around the house, table linen, bed sheets, kurtas and Tee's.
Posting the napkin how to: