NATURAL DYES & TANNINS
We believe in the power of colors and what they represent.
Today, many textile producers are facing various challanges. About half of the world´s waste water problems are linked to the production of textile goods including many of the chemicals used in dyes and fabric finish causing harm to human health. The desire for a conscientious living is leading more and more consumers to choose organic clothes that are made using materials and processes qualities of wellness and goodness of the nature. It´s no longer just what you put in your body that counts, but also what you put on your body.
All our clothes are made with it´s natural raw color or dyed from plants, roots, foodwaste or dried flowers. When we extract natural substances and use it to create the dyes we will lack precision, as it is not possible to control it. As the process is entirely natural and hand-crafted, the outcome of the colours produced will vary. This creates a unique look with a new result from every dye bath.
In India, Ayurvastra, a sanskrit term translated to "life cloth" is developed as a branch of Ayurveda. Ayurvastra is a way of creating textiles in a natural, good and healthy way for both the nature and people.
Pure natural and handmade materials dyed using various Ayurvedic herbs that have medicinal qualities. Using clothes and linens with natural dyes is better for the environment, your skin and is allergy friendly.
Sound really great, doesn´t it? There are a few challenges and things to know when you choose a natural dyed item.
First thing thing to remember is not compare it with chemical dyes. It´s alive and the finished product is not complete the moment you make your purchase, it changes with time and we believe that´s the beautiful part of it. With some knowledge and thoughtfulness you will be able to keep your item with the same result for a long time.
All our plant dyes are made sure to be colorfast with the proper before and afterwork. While purchasing an item from us you get proper instructions how to care for your item while wearing, storing, washing and drying it.
Always feel free to contact us if there are any questions!
NATURAL TANNINS &
We get all our tannins and some of our natural dyes from
The Mazi. A small family-run business based in the east of Turkey. All their natural dyes and tannins are from sustainable sources, grown locally and indigenous to the area. Harvested by local workers. They plant and harvest their crops using methods that take account of respect for the land and the ecology of the plants and insects.
Tannins work as a mordant and helps produce brighter and more colorfast outcomes with natural dyes.
We work with Oak Gallnut, Quercus Infectoria, and Acorns which have a high tannin content.
The gallnuts are made by a type of wasp and act as a protection for the wasp until they hatch. The gallnuts are harvested in summer when the life cycle of the wasp is complete. To be extra sure the insects have left the galls, once picked , the gallnuts are left outside for at least two months before grinding.
We work with black walnut hulls, they are also high in tannins and are a great source to produce a range of brown tones. The walnut hulls are collected in the Mesopotamia region of Turkey. They are harvested in September and the walnuts are sold for food use. The hulls, that are a by-product are dried in the shade to ensure the color content of the walnut hulls is not lost and then powdered.
We use iron as a premordant, in our dye baths or as a second bath. Iron is great for influencing colors and to increase light fastness when used in combinations with other natural dyes. Since we are based at an old iron mine in Sweden and the water contains high levels of iron naturally, it seems almost like a waste to not use this wonderful mineral!