This research utilizes colourants from the Vernonia amygdalina (V. amygdalina) plant in
an artistic wall tapestry project that drew inspiration from moral lessons found in Bukusu
children narratives. The research was based on Loum and Lukyambuzi (2013) study that
was done in Uganda and which utilized only one variety of V. amygdalina plant on cotton
fabric. Loum‟s study obtained positive results as it confirmed that that plant was
polygenetic. This research assumed that dyes extracted from the leaves of different
varieties of V. amygdalina found in Western, Nyanza, and Central Rift valley regions in
Kenya would also be polygenetic. The research aimed at first establishing what varieties
of V. amygdalina are available in the Kenyan regions, and then establish the range of
colourants the dyed plants would yield with sisal and wool fibres. The colourants
obtained were of a wide range. All the mordants used namely (Ferrous Sulphate) iron;
(Potassium Aluminum Sulphate) alum and (Potassium Dichromate) chrome were applied
on yarn using post-mordanting method and yielded the expected range of colours namely
green, yellow and brown respectively which were of dark, middle and light tones. This
confirmed that the Kenyan varieties of V. amygdalina are polygenetic. The obtained
colours were then applied in an artistic wall tapestry project. The results of this research
should contribute to the Kenyan dyeing industry by providing newer and more ecofriendly sources of natural dyestuffs as the dyestuffs produce a wide variety of colours
using different natural fibres.
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