Indigenous Wisdom • Artisanal Craftsmanship • Mindful Innovation

Our Natural Dyeing Ethics

 

We strive to keep improving for a more ethical practice and we are proud of our slow and meditative natural dyeing process.

When we say natural dye, we do mean it wholeheartedly. Each and all of our dyes come from nature, not synthetic dyes (not even synthetic non-azo dyes). Most of our natural dyes are plant dyes, and only a few are mud dye and earth pigments that we forage responsibly.

Some dye plants grow in our own dye garden.

Some are windfallen as well as freshly-picked from prolific trees growing in our neighborhood and roadsides.

Some are discarded from our kitchen, like onion skins, avocado pits and skins, rosemary, and pomegranate skins.

When available and possible (and since we are based in Bali Island where many global couples tie the knot), we also have the fortune of gathering flowers and foliage waste from wedding venues, lush resorts and florists that are tannin-rich and contain dye pigment, so at certain times these botanical beauties are included in our collections.

The ingredients we use through the entire process of natural dyeing in our studio are 95% from plants (i.e. 36+ kinds of dye plants, bio soapnut for scouring, soy milk as binding agent, and symplocos leaf as mordant, palm vinegar for fixing, and coconut soap for washing) and 5% from minerals (i.e. homemade rustwater, mud and earth pigments) -- all are safe and non-toxic.

Also worth to mention is that we don't use plastic as barrier layer in bundle dyeing / ecoprinting. We care more about the impact of our practice and meaningful values than focusing only on the surface beauty.

Our creations are handmade with love, passion and purpose. Each is produced consciously through a slow and meditative process that is kind to people and the planet.