Throughout history, people have dyed their textiles using common, locally available materials, producing brilliant and permanent colours from plants, minerals, roots, berries, bark, leaves, seeds and wood.
Typically, the dye material is put in a pot of water and heated until dye is extracted. Then the textiles are added to the pot, which is heated and stirred until the colour is transferred. The result is beautiful earthy colours with zero negative footprint.
Until the late 19th century, plant-based dyes such as indigo, kadukkai (myrobalan), and madder were produced commercially and were important trade goods in the economies of Asia and Europe. Today, the textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world - mostly because of chemical dyes. There is a joke going around that you can tell what colour will be in fashion the next season just by looking at the rivers!
Fabrics are dyed in our Natural Dye House where scientific research is combined with ancient traditional dyeing methods. For us, a complete sustainable dyeing process starts from choosing appropriate raw materials (for example, no food products) and ends with 100% biodegradable residues that can be used as compost.
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