All-Natural Dyestuffs Used

All our clothes are hand dyed using natural dyes described in detail throughout this web site.

For indigo, please visit the “Indigo” page within.

■Dyeing process

1. Extracting pigment
The natural materials used as dyes (plant leaves, tree bark, tree galls, insect shells, . . .) are crushed or cut up when dry into small pieces, placed in a pot and boiled in water for 30 minutes. The water is then strained to remove the dye extract. This process is repeated several times, until all the dye is extracted from the original raw material.
コットンリネンガーセのブラウス のり抜き後、洗いをかけたところ
2.Preparing garments for dyeing
Garments are washed thoroughly in hot water to remove any starch, oil, dirt or other contaminants that may be on the fabric.
2) 火にかけながら、染めるものを入れて煮ます。30分ほど。濃さをみながら時間を調節します。
3. Add pre-wetted fabric or yarn to the dyeing vessel and stir gently. Simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally. Rinse the material well with tap water to remove any excess dye.
4) 媒染液にひたして、染料を定着させます。Then, the clothing is removed and placed into a mordant bath for 30 minutes.
4. The garment is removed and placed in a mordant bath (see below) for 30 minutes.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, until the desired shades results.
6. Wash with mild detergent, and hang to dry in shade.
■About mordant

Mordants are color fixatives, often a powdered metal, such as alum or iron, which “fixes” the dye to a material. The type of mordant used determines the final color.

We use mordants that we make ourselves from vinegar, rusted iron nails, and food-grade alum, since some mordants (such as, copper and chrome) can be toxic.

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