Weaving through the rice fields

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Cotton threads being removed from a bowl of natural dye, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. These cotton threads have been dyed with Peu bark and iron powder and when rinsed and dried will make a rich, deep brown. Dye recipes change from village to village, in some villages this colour was acheived by using a dye made of dark mud and buffalo excrement. Instead of dipping it in water, women would heap mud and excement over the cotton threads, stamp them into the mixture and bury it for a few days so it could acheive the intense dark colour.