Silk bourette towel dyed with plant colours.
Bourette silk is very special. Made from shorter fibres, e.g. from hatched cocoons that are combed and spun, these very short fibres are processed to compose bourette silk, which has little shimmer and a knobbly appearance. It feels and looks a little like cotton and it is hardwearing and warm.
This towel is available in yellow and pink in hand towel size (100cm x 50 cm)
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. 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. The skin of onion offers an awesome gold palette and avocado pits can create the most subtle pinks. It is a circular process, full of sense.
If you are interested in any other colour or measure, please let us know. We love to create bespoke pieces. We love these commissions, as the inspiration comes from what is important for you.
We manage all the process with extreme care so that colours become as long lasting as possible, but it is important to know that natural colours are not industrial colours. We only use toxic-free, botanical elements that bring you all the properties of the plants.
Please handle the piece with care, wash with a neutral soap in lukewarm water or gentle wash machine program.
Natural dyes are sensitive to PH. This is the reason why it is very important the use of a neutral PH soap.