William Perkin discovered mauveine – the first synthetic dye – in 1856 and everything changed. Now we are back to rediscovering our roots in natural dyes.
Aura Herbal Wear in India
An advanced herbal dye company in India. They start with bleaching their fibers using sunlight, manure and a natural grass base. Their process form beginning to end is detailed and specific. Their dyes are minerals and herbal oils and they use castor oil during the finishing and stretching process. (click on the link to see more in details on their process) In the true nature of India, they recycle the used matter completing a full life cycle and paying homage to the medicinal aspect of each herb.
Her new collection employs the use of natural dyes: cutch, logwood and madder. Marrying metal and fabric into each piece, Erin stays true to her sculpture roots. Her experimentalism reaches even further by re-purposing found deadstock and using craft techniques such as a Japanese braiding method, kumihimo.
Tinctor means ‘dyer’ in Latin. Tinctory makes smocked textile jewelry made from naturally dyed silk using these ingredients: indigo (including home grown), coreopsis (home grown), madder, walnut, onion, logwood, hawthorne, goldenrod
Rubia Natural Colours would like to contribute to decreasing water pollution by creating natural colouring agents for commercial businesses. They use plants to extract colouring agents like madder. They license their own farmers on order to have control over the quality.
Ms. Reynolds achieved the swirl of purples, grays and burnt oranges by hand-pressing dyes directly into the silk. She then soaked them in more dye made from rust while creating chemical reactions with powdered minerals. She also used wood-burning tools to melt and burn pieces of the fabric and even buried them in dirt to make them look aged and distressed.
Gilded creates their jean and hand-knitted sweater collection using some of the oldest machinery that is still used in industrial production as well as some of the oldest natural dyes known to man. Volcanic mud dye (a form of natural iron oxide), parchment, natural charcoal, tea, logwood, Japanese Alder and natural indigo are some of the dyes used in variety of their products.