Local colour: Dyeing and women's wealth

Julie Ewington is an independent writer, curator and broadcaster in Sydney. Disclosure: she worked with Diane Moon and Ruth McDougall at QAGOMA for over a decade until early 2014. 

Local Colour: Experiments in Nature was on exhibition at UNSW Galleries, Sydney, 28 July – 15 September 2018. It is touring to Ararat Gallery TAMA, Victoria, later in 2019.

Card image (detail) from Aranya Natural Est. 1994, based in Kerala, India, Arashi Shibori in Eupatorium, 2018; Arashi Shibori in Eucalyptus, 2018; Arashi Shibori in Tea Waste, 2018. Silk chiffon, thread, Eupatorium (Chromolaena odorata), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus grandis) and tea (Camellia genus) waste; ferrous sulphate mordant for eupatorium and eucalyptus lengths, aluminium sulphate for tea waste. Private collection, Sydney. Installation view, UNSW Galleries. Photo Jennifer Leahy/Silversalt Photography

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