After creating WEGANOOL™, it became clear that no fabric is fully sustainable unless it is dyed naturally. In the search to find the perfect fit for the fabric, FABORG was thrown into the colorful world of natural dyes.
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UNLEASHING THE KNOWLEDGE
Though Shankar was born in a 1000-year-old weavers community, growing up he was surrounded by chemicals. From all the knowledge, skill, and artisanal work that has been passed down from generation to generation, there was no trace of natural dyes.
FABORG is determined to support and share this lost art with all the fellow weavers and anyone else who wants to walk the path of sustainability. You can even start today with these books to dip your toes into natural dyeing.
It's easy, scalable, and the only way forward!
Cooking cannot be understood overnight, similarly, natural dying is a craft that needs some hands-on learning. Just as there are basics for cooking, dyeing too has its foundations - mordanting, dye extraction, dyeing process, fixing, and aftercare.
With technology, we have access to global information at our fingertips. If a couple of hundred years ago our ancestors managed to use natural colors on a day-to-day basis, so can we.
With sustainable fashion on the rise, this is the ideal time to tap into that green market. India has a natural abundance of resources to create all the shades of the rainbow! There are also enough farmers and foraging communities to support the increasing demand for naturally dyed products. Shifting from traditional bucket dyeing to machinery also helps to handle high dyeing capacities. It’s only a matter of time, education, and collaboration till natural dyeing is the new norm.
THE ONLY WAY FORWARD
Chemical dyeing provides a cheap, bright, and long-lasting wide spectrum of colors. But the hidden by-products are the inevitable toxic sludge* and lifeless H20 left behind. When it comes to chemical dyes there are endless problematic areas with various loopholes to exploit. Switching to a 100% natural solution will solve all the problems at once.
*sludge - thick, soft, wet mud or a similar viscous mixture of liquid and solid components, especially the product of an industrial or refining process.
FABORG’s sustainable, circular system is here to set a new standard for the dyeing industry. Following a simple mantra - what comes from nature, goes back without adulteration.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF FABORG'S NATURAL DYE PROCESS
First time in history there is no need for the effluent treatment plant and the extra costs involved!
All residue water is re-used for enriching ARKA - a pest-repellant for farmers. For example, Kaddukai, (a common raw material for dyeing) is widely used as medicine and lends antimicrobial properties.
The solid residue from dyeing is also nutrient-rich and used as affordable manure.
COLOR FASTNESS & EVENNESS
Nothing is permanent in nature and the beauty of natural dyes is that it fades gracefully.
We have chosen dyes that have the color fastness 3-5, acceptable by industry standards. By moving from traditional bucket dyeing to machinery helps not only to scale up but also give more satisfying evenness and uniformity.