SUKMA Collage Poetry Cloth
SUKMA Collage Poetry Cloth
Your conscious soul knows what's true. Your heart is your sacred garden. It's where you plant the seed of wholeness, nurture the growth of wisdom, and bloom the flowers of light that you'd choose to harvest when it's time to give, release and recline.
We use several fabrics and threads in various conditions on the body of this cloth: new, preloved, as well as some deconstructed ones; made of tencel (eucalyptus fiber), cupro (regenerated cotton linter), and silk. The fabrics are stitched into patchwork or collage cloth that is suitable as a shawl or tapestry.
Assortment of dye plants harvested from our studio garden, kitchen, and other sustainably-sourced plant dyes from Bali and Java.
Length: 190 cm / 75 inch
Width: 46 cm / 18 inch
EMBRACE THE SLOW PROCESS
Duration of Making-Process: 18 days
Techniques: Bundle Dye (Ecoprint) and Immersion Dye
Bundle dye or ecoprint is a method of creating with botanical matters like leaves, flowers, seed pods and barks to print themselves on fabric (or paper) using their own dyes, pigments and tannin. Each shape of plant is unique and non-identical even with the same plant that come from the same tree, whilst the color of the plant is often different to the color it releases or prints.
Immersion dye is a method of coloring fibers by immersing/soaking/dipping the whole or a part of the fibers into a dye bath for certain amount of time. We use tannin-rich plants to make the colors long-lasting while being mindful that color of the plant is often different to the color it releases as dye.
The magic of nature plays the most vital role in the process, which makes the result of each creation a one-of-a-kind beauty and cannot be replicated.
Read more about our natural dyeing process
Hand wash in cool water with pH neutral soap. Dissolve or dilute the soap in the water before washing. You may see some release of color in the water at your first wash but it is normal. We recommend smoothing out wrinkles by hand. Hang it and air dry in the shade. Iron on low temperature. Store it away from direct heat and light.
Natural/botanical dyes are not synthetic dyes and it may slightly change color or fade over time. (Honestly synthetic dyes are also fading, only that it takes longer period of time.) When properly maintained and taken care of as the aforementioned instructions, our naturally-dyed goods will last a long time.
We do our best to photograph our works and all of the photographs are taken in natural light. However, natural colors often cover more tones with more subtle shades, and please keep in mind that the colors may appear differently according to your computer screen, so slight variations in tones are to be expected.