What is Prophetic Dyeing?
The word prophecy is often a bit misunderstood to only mean foretelling the future. However, if you look at the word prophecy from the original Greek, it means more. The Greek word is actually transliterated to Propheteia meaning a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden. That kind of makes things a little clearer, doesn’t it? So, it simply means a message or thought revealed by God.
When I say that the silks I dye are prophetically dyed, I mean that I pray before I begin each piece and listen for the Holy Spirit to reveal to me what color or colors to use. I will also receive guidance on the technique and design to use. After the flags are constructed, I pray about what to name them and then dive into color meanings. When the whole process is complete, I send the flags and what I hear from the Father, along with the name of the flag(s) and meanings of the colors to you as a token of encouragement.
I cannot guarantee how a flag (or set of flags) will look in the end as the dye is unpredictable, especially since every piece is hand dyed. Because of this, I cannot take specific requests for designs or exact colors. However, if you do request a range of colors (blues and purples, sunset tones, etc), I can use that as a base for my work. I still think it’s so fun to just let the Holy Spirit say what colors to use, then to hear the stories afterward!
Immersion Dyeing vs Hand Painting
There are two primary types of dyeing I use: Immersion Dyeing and Hand Painting. Immersion dyeing consists of using dye vats which is a pot of dye (concentrate added to water) that the temperature has to remain near boiling without actually boiling. (This was a trick that took me a little while to master.) This way typically doesn’t take quite as long as hand painting, but design options are limited.
Hand painting requires quite a bit more time, strategy, and clean up. However, the possibilities are endless! There are many chemical techniques to be used. This process involves stretching each piece of silk on a frame, painting/spraying/dropping dye onto the piece, and steaming to bind the dye to the silk.
Each method also includes washing and softening the silk with special detergents made specifically for Habotai silks. To finish, before the silk is attached to it’s rod, it is ironed to remove any wrinkles (yes, you can iron your silk when it becomes wrinkled, too!). Then it is sewn to the rod casing and finally the rod is installed. Each piece of silk can take anywhere from two hours to several days to complete from start to finish.