ABOUT – PROCESS OF BOTANICAL DYES
“Color directly influences the soul.” W. Kandisky
We work with natural fabrics (cotton, linen, wool, silk bourette. Organic fabrics, whenever they are available. Sometimes it is not possible, but we walk towards this target. Always row and unbleached fabrics.
We dye with the colours of the plants.
It is a long, laborious and respectful work, almost a ritual. Once received, the fabrics have to be conditioned, carefully and deeply washed to remove any single waste (dust, dirt, grease) that might spoil the dye afterwards. Every single project is handled individually. After conditioning, we proceed to mordant the piece. This stage creates a link between the fabric and the colour, allowing a better fixing in the fiber.
We use plant dyes (flowers, roots, leaves, barks).
We source the basic and main dye raw materials (madder, logwood, weld..) and forage the rest in the countryside every season. We love this part of the work, as colours are linked to the woods, to each landscape. It allow us to test, create and enjoy with the colours of our environment; pruno leaves during the spring, achilea, lavanda and many others in summer, nuts and pomegranates in autumn, alder cones and different barks in winter.
There is no colour equal to other, just like there are no equal plants and trees; the soil where they grow is different in each place and season. This is why each color is unique, once-in-a-lifetime.
We also love upcycling some vegetables and fruits skins and pits. Onion skin offers an awesome gold palette and avocado pits can create the most subtle pinks. It is a circular process, full of sense.
The colours obtained from botanical dyes are full of shades, are more transparent and allow a deeper colour perception, as well as highlight the beaty of the fabric.
Each piece is one of a kind.