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Custom Dyeing | Hand-Block Printing | Screen Printing
Mostly all fabrics come undyed with the option of custom dying or printing.
You can choose from our pallet of 100% natural dyes
Herbal dying sounds exotic and tedious but it is, in fact, far simpler to create a natural dye than its hazardous chemical counterpart. Nature has always been a sourcing warehouse for pigments and dyes, we have merely forgotten its key. For thousands of years people used herbs, spices and fruit derived extracts not just for eco-friendly dying but also for their myriad health benefits.
|WHITE DYES |
Haritaki/Harade: Believed to be the oldest available vegetable dye, it is considered to be the king of medicines.
Turmeric/Haldi: Used as a daily household spice in Indian kitchens, it alleviates infections, diabetes, urinary disorders, ulcers and more.
Indigo plant: Traditionally grown as a rotational crop, indigo is a legume that replenishes spent soil (it fixes nitrogen).
|RED/ORANGE DYES |
Madder roots: A climbing plant with small flowers and long freshly swollen roots, its extract is used to treat pain in female genital organs, diarrhoea associated with bleeding, skin diseases including leprosy, ulcers and other urinary diseases, and diabetes. It also acts as a natural moisturiser for the skin.
|GOLDEN YELLOW/YELLOW FAWN |
Pomegranate: Pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in cultivation and its rind has been used as a dye for millennia. You get yellow fawn using pomegranate without a mordant, and golden yellow with a mordant. Addition of iron gets you shades of green and grey, and even black.
WHY USE NATURAL DYES
TOXIC TO THE WORKERS
Chemical compound based dyes use approximately 8000 different toxic chemicals during various stages of production. The large scale industrialisation of the synthetic dyeing process affects workers adversely and they often complain of rashes, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue and dizziness.
TOXIC TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Did you know the amount of water needed to dye (using synthetic dyes) a piece of fabric is 40 times its weight? That is a lot of water and the resulting wastewater may contain up to 98% sulphuric acid, chlorine or heavy metals like mercury or lead. Often, this untreated toxic waste finds its way into rivers or lakes leading to widespread contamination. This not only affects aquatic life but also humans as many depend on such water bodies for their sustenance.
TOXIC TO YOU
The skin is the largest and most absorptive organ in the human body. The dye fixative, used to burn the dye colour onto the fabric, can be quite toxic. Since clothing comes into prolonged contact with skin, these chemicals often leach and get absorbed into the skin causing rashes. This happens especially when you get warm and the skin pores open up for perspiration. Eventually the chemicals work their way into the bloodstream resulting in chemical sensitivity induced issues such as headache, nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue, or dizziness.
CUSTOM BLOCK PRINTING & SCREEN PRINTING
All hand done with love with natural colours
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