April 15, 2021
In Shiraz and some other cities of Fars Province, there are several dyeing workshops with natural materials (plants), producing colors such as white, black, green, and cream.
Dyeing has a very long history not only in Iran but also in India, China, and Egypt. Before Islam, especially in the Sassanid period, painters were highly respected. But since dyeing is usually done on materials that are composed of perishable organic components, the remnants of the distant past are very few, another reason that proves the existence of an advanced tradition of dyeing in the Sassanid era, is the prosperity and development of textiles.
Abbas Siyahi is one of the well-known painters in this field in Shiraz. Sultanabad Dyeing Workshop is located in Shiraz Industrial Town where Mr. Siyahi was engaged in traditional dyeing with about 460 workers.
Plant dyeing is an industry in Fars Province that is mostly done by Qashqai women. They have such a deep understanding of color and painting that it’s as if they have studied art and acquired knowledge in this field for years. They make strangely vivid colors from plants such as indigo, asparagus, hops, rhubarb to dye silk and fibers.