Alder Bark Natural Dye

While I was at Fish camp – I peeled bark off from an alder wood my brother cut down for smoking the salmon.  When I returned to Fairbanks- after talking with Lolly Carpluk and her mom – I was able to get instructions from Lolly and her mom to do my first experiment of natural dyes.  

By their instructions: I mixed together alder bark, salt and warm water.  I soaked the hairless seal skin into the mix for few days.  I checked it a few times until the desired red color was present.  I will experiment with soaking it in white vinegar first and try the alder dye again or visaversa. 

Author: Nasek'taq

I am a Yup'ik woman from Akiacuaq (Akiachak) Alaska, living in Fairbanks Alaska. I am Alaska Native Artist. I am a poet! I am a wife of an amazing man from South Lake Tahoe. I am a mother of two children. I enjoy the outdoors in Alaska. I am sharing my experiences of Alaska Native crafts and arts. I made a Yup'ik woman's traditional fancy parka, "Qaliq." I am in a process of working on a child size parka. I share wonderful things about Alaska, the arts and the outdoors.