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 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!
Like the art of cooking, mastering natural dyeing is a craft that requires hands-on learning and time to grasp fully. Just as cooking has its foundational principles, dyeing also follows essential steps such as mordanting, dye extraction, dyeing process, fixing, and aftercare.
Fortunately, technology grants us easy access to global knowledge. Our ancestors successfully employed natural colors in their daily lives centuries ago, and with this wealth of information, so can we. Embracing the art of natural dyeing allows us to connect with tradition while fostering a sustainable and vibrant future.
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.
Transitioning from traditional bucket dyeing to machinery not only enables FABORG to handle high dyeing capacities efficiently but also results in remarkable water consumption efficiency without compromising the final outcome. While conventional methods often call for a 1:20 or 1:30 ratio (1 gram of material to 20 or 30 grams of water), FABORG's innovative approach requires just a 1:3 ratio.
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 AARKA - 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 fertilizer.
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.