This shawl was bundle-dyed with eucalyptus leaves, a huge castor bean leaf and a smaller one -- folded in the process to make a reflective pattern.
The fabric is crêpe silk, with a soft texture and a lovely drape. The subtle color fusion of ivory, yellow and light brown that the plants released radiates freshness and harmony.
No dangerous chemicals were involved in our natural dyeing process.
Fabric: 100% Silk
Dye Plant: Eucalyptus leaves, Castor Bean leaves
Novieta Tourisia: Artisan, Dyer
Length: 165 cm / 62 inch
Width: 60 cm / 24 inch
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Duration of Making-Process: 12 days
Techniques: Bundle Dye (Ecoprint - Steamed)
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. 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.
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.