We love the positive impact of Botanical dyes, and we love their painterly beauty and effect on textiles.
We were honored to collaborate with local establishments and women owned businesses, Maria's Kitchen and the Shelter Island Florist, as well as Sylvester Manor, all on Shelter Island, NY, to use their food and floral waste in order to create our botanical dyes.
It is a story of community, nature's healing powers, RE-thinking towards positive impact and women empowering women, whilst creating art and product we are proud to wear, whilst staying true to our sustainability goals.
Botanical dyes are extracted from nature, each with their own individual backstory.
Botanical dyes are safe for the environment as they reduce the amount of harsh chemicals and colorants that would otherwise enter into the planet’s water systems.
The Botanical colors are sustainably derived, renewable, harmlessly biodegradable, and non-toxic. We use a water-efficient garment dyeing method and any remaining wastewater is non-toxic.
These dyes can help transform the way we use colorants in everyday products and encourage the shift towards a more responsible system of production and consumption.
We are proud to use botanical hand dyeing methods whenever possible.
Here are a few of our favorites.
Botanical dye using Local herbs and plant extracts
We love magical botanical dye effects which create one of a kind effects.
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Food waste dye
Yellow represents sunshine, happiness and warmth and we embrace it !
We love a combo of onion skin, turmeric and avocado waste to create 'Sunshine', the sunniest of yellow tones with amber tones.
Floral and Food waste dye
We love a great mix- combining floral and food waste to create a wonderful botanical print.
Fermented Persimmon dye
Kakishibu is a traditional japanese dyeing method using the discoloration caused by oxidation of the fermented juice of unripened persimmon fruit containing strong tannin. It also reacts to sunlight, so the color changes slowly with time and sun exposure.
Kakishibu has many natural, beneficial properties.
Kakishibu dye is antiseptic, insect repellent, mildew-proof and water resistant. The color deepens and develops a beautiful patina over years.
Vintage Indigo dye
We use a pure indigo pigment that is extracted from fresh leaves of Indigofera Tinctoria through the process of fermentation and precipitation. The indigo we use is from Southern India, where its climate is warm and mild.
During Beetroot season, we collaborated with Sylvester Manor Farm on Shelter Island and harvested gorgeous beets too small to eat, but perfect for botanical dyeing.