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Indonesian weaver from Flores Barat (see Threads of Life) coming out of the forest with a load of loba (Symplocos spp.) leaves.  The leaves are used as a mordant to fix the natural dyes that they use to color their textiles. Like the one that she is wearing. She has a big smile on her face because loba trees are quite rare where she lives, and she is usually forced to buy the leaves at an exorbitant price in the market. [NOTE: The bundle that she is carrying easily contains enough mordant for several years.] 

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please can you mention the name of symplocos spp that is used as mordant and as yellow dye..

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdoji

Symplocos fasciculata Zoll.

April 11, 2013 | Registered Commenter[chuck]

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