Wednesday, January 14, 2009


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:








Dee said...

Lovely colours and a great way to brighten up and rejuvenate!

bindu said...

Great idea. The colors are so vibrant.

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

Hey Chandan, Stopped by to check out what' new on your blog, and I wasn't disappointed at all! Those are real good pictures!

Shireena said...

Warm colors - such eye candy for me this time of year! Thanks for the sweets.

Sagar said...

Hey! that is really nice. :) I like the header too.

Shalini said...

That's really cool. They look so wonderful.

Kanika Bahl said...

Thats a wonderful idea....where can one buy these cold dyes from? Thanks for the wonderful do it at home idea!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, your blog is beautifully soothing and elegant. I am so glad I stopped by.

megha punater said...

hi chandan,
just went through your blog again.
and this post is very interesting for me cause i love dyeing paper and the colours too.
will pass by more often :)

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

Night dinner with candles

Anonymous said...

Night dinner so romantic,make it perfect just wear three piece suits for your look.


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