Dyeing with natural colours – in an environmentally friendly manner and with no added chemicals – has long been our dream. After successfully launching our NATURAL DYEING colours in 2019, we’re proud to continue the range with our new 2020 spring/summer collection. NATURAL DYEING was preceded by six years of intensive research and development by our production partners in Korea. The pigments are extracted directly from plants and blossom. The dyeing process itself uses up to 30 % less energy and contaminates up to 97 % less water than conventional dyeing processes. In our 2020 spring/summer collection, we’ve used three natural colours which harmonise in a fashionable yet homogeneous manner with the overall look of the collection: natural gold, natural rouge and natural khaki each exude a warm, atmospheric presence, whether alone or as a trio. Besides their natural colour tonality, the appeal of the new designs lies in the incomparable ‘feel’ of the fabrics – with shimmering TENCEL™ modal fibres and flowing TENCEL™/linen twill.
Mumbai was included in our itinerary: a tour round a small artisan factory, where we met the owner Rupa. Silk and cotton fabrics are made by hand in Rupa’s small factory and dyed using various artistic batik techniques. The women Rupa employs for the work have mastered the art to perfection and work with enthusiasm, pride and joy. We were particularly fascinated by Rupa’s idea for procuring the raw materials for the dyes used here in this factory – the beautiful batik patterns are made with dyes taken from blossom that has been brought as an off ering to the temples, and subsequently collected and dried.
THE PERKS OF NATURAL DYEING
97 % less water contamination compared to conventional dyeing
Energy savings of up to 30 %
6 years of intensive research and development work lead to constant and reliable reproducibility of the colour qualities
Gentle and natural to the skin, because it's free of harmful chemicals
DISCOVER OUR NATURAL DYEING FAVOURITES
HOW TO SIMPLY DYE TEXTILES YOURSELF
With Shibori – a more than 1000 year old dyeing technique from Japan – different patterns are created on the textiles by folding, knotting, lacing and sewing. Where clamps, cords or knots press on the fabric, the dye does not or only slightly touch the fabric. This makes each pattern unique and individual. We show you how you can easily dye your textiles with a Shibori method and apply patterns to them.
All you need is:
* Boil-proof textile dye
* An iron with a pad
* A fabric or a piece of clothing.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIAL
Choose a light-coloured material made of natural fibres - e.g. cotton or linen. If you wash it before you start, the fibres absorb colour pigments better.
Im Shibori gibt es ganz unterschiedliche Techniken, um verschiedenste Muster zu erzeugen. Eine der einfachsten Varianten ist, das Material der Länge nach ziehharmonikaartig zusammenzufalten.
To create a pattern as even as possible, it is recommended to iron the folded fabric.
Then clamp the clothes pegs on both long sides of the fabric. Make sure that the distance between them remains the same. The two rows should be clamped offset to each other.
Nun das Färbebad nach Packungsanweisung zubereiten. Dabei sollten Sie unbedingt Handschuhe tragen. Während sie das Farbbad vorbereiten, können Sie den Stoff mit den Klammern in Wasser einweichen.
Dann das Stoffpaket ca. 30 Minuten im Farbbad färben und immer wieder umrühren.
WASH OUT AND DRY
Wash the material carefully with cold water until the water remains clear. Then, remove the staples and unfold the fabric. Now you can see the typical Shibori pattern.
Our tip: The fabric dries best if you spread it out lying on a clotheshorse.