I never considered the that textiles are seasonal before this year. It turns out that understanding local botanical changes and weather is critical to natural fiber production and natural dyes.
I got caught out last year not thinking about seasonality, so in the hope that this helps me plan this year, here is my observations of the seasonal timing when making and sourcing natural textiles here in Australia. I have used the tradition Noongar seasons as a starting point for understanding the weather and botanical trends.
Brak – December and January -The First Summer
Prime time for mordanting and solar dyeing; Green Hibiscus flowering; No open fires; white eucalyptus blooms
Bunuru – Feb and March – The Second Summer
Prime time for mordanting and solar dyeing; No open fires; red eucalyptus blooms
wattle blooms; passion fruit ripe
Makuru – June July – The First Rains
Best time for open flame dyeing; wattle blooms, pomegranate ripe
Shearing season starts; Sour sob in flower; Indigofera Australis in flower; Bottlebrush in flower
Shearing season; bottlebrush in flower; no open flames; good time for indigo vats
My native indigo, bottle brush and cinerea dyed local wool #1year1outfit were all dyed at different times of year.
I’m curious about the seasonality of textiles in other places. Do similar themes occur?