When my friend Barb was here a couple of weeks ago, we made batik scarves together. It's so much fun to have someone to work with! Here they are drying, prior to the wax removal and final wash. We used soft golden yellow, coral, and fuschia. These are my favorite colors this season!
That seems to be the nature of cool-temp fiber reactive dyes on silk, particularly with the temperature and time adjustments needed to keep the soy wax relatively intact. I like the soft colors, and the wax removal is so easy with soy. (You don't have to risk damaging the silk fabric, as you might removing stronger waxes. Also, there are no paraffin fumes!)
Ok here's the dye conundrum du jour: both of these fabrics were in the same dye bath, in preparation for the first layer of wax. The cotton came out barely-yellow, while the silk charmeuse came out soft gold! Apparently, the thin dye washes I use (in order to permit several layers of wax and color -- the fibers will only accept so much color) actually "take" more strongly on silk than on cotton. More experimentation is clearly in order.... or maybe someone out there knows something about the physical/chemical properties of cotton vs. silk fibers!
He requested "you know, sushi, and Chinese noodles and stuff like that!" -- so I'm going to
make spaghetti instead figure this one out, and head to the store soon. In the meantime, my kitchen is begging to be returned to its former glory. Ciao!