Natural dye fades. Yes it does. Celebrate it.
The expectation of 100% guarantee in our modern world has far reaching ramifications silently building in the background of our lives. That nothing is permanent or perfect is a breathtaking and empowering realisation. The best way to describe colour fading is that it is the exquisite journey of natural dye. It is not a blatant fade as with chemical dyes. Instead it goes on a slow journey - breaking down the hues and shades that nature has built with her pigments. The wonderful thing not many realise is that if mordanted correctly at the beginning of the dyeing process the garment can be re-dyed multiple times over its lifetime without having to re-mordant.
Here are some tips on how to reduce this happening:
•Launder with a neutral PH detergent, or as close to neutral as possible
•Rinse clothing thoroughly after washing to remove any excess detergent
•Never hang item to dry in direct sunlight, dry in shade
•Clothing really doesn’t need washing after each wear. After wearing if given a good shake and hung up it will be fine for quite a few wears. Often hanging out on a hanger in the shade can be enough to freshen your garment. •Definitely no bleach, wool wash or stain remover please!
•It is advisable to wash separately for the first couple of washes just in case there is a colour run off. When we wash items we wash until a clear water run off occurs but occasionally residual colour can run in first washes.
•Avoid soaking in water for long period of time
Nature is truly extraordinary, with modern convenience we have at large become significantly disconnected from traditional practices. Skills used for generations due to culture, tradition or necessity. Fortunately we are finally experiencing a textile revolution and we are now embracing nature’s colours. There is an abundance of knowledge held within the realms of nature, it is an individuals choice just how to interpret such abundance so long as you have the patience to listen and learn.
Abandon any preconceived idea of outcome, listen to your instincts and connect with the energy of flower, plant and bio colour, a true essence of nature.
Natural dyeing is a meditative practice that allows you to breath and be in the moment. Think of the earth, the water, the sun that shines, the decay that nurtures new growth, the seeds that fall and lay dormant till the balance is right for new growth.
Be the observer, learn of the seasons and what nature can provide.
Some benefits from dyeing with our kits
- Pure enjoyment
- Learning to understand nature’s chemistry
- Facts regarding natural dye
- Creating a connection to our earth
- An environmental perspective
- A purpose for time management
- Developing an eye and appreciation for attention to detail
Natural dyeing is an ancient practice often regarded as alchemic. Every dyer has their own techniques, methods and recipes for many reasons but the primary reason one should focus on is we all live on different land. Natural dyeing is a practice connected to the land, connected to the seasons, connected to the water and interpreted by the dyer and how successfully they can read, feel, see and sense their immediate natural environment.
A dedicated craft that guides ones life with planting, watering, harvesting, drying, soaking, stirring, smelling, feeling, seeing, recording and listening. The deeper we go the more peaceful we live in tune with nature.
Keeping this experience positive we won’t go into the impact the textile industry is having on the environment but I’m sure you know or have at least heard the discussions.
Natural dye has extremely limited impact on the environment.
Heating of vats - gas/electricity/fire.
Water consumption for vats but that can be recycled onto gardens or water consumption for garden maintenance - rain water collection can support this as well as vat water. Vats can be reused many times over either by exhausting the dye pigment or even topping up the dye pigment content.
To be realistic all these uses create very limited impact and can be reduced to zero with focus and effort.
“Everything is temporary; emotions, thoughts, people and scenery. Do not become attached, just flow with it.”
Please see our Natural Dye + Khadi Kit Instructions Guide for complete How To guide.
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Thank you to Renee and Kathy at Fabric of Humanity, you have been very helpful and my dye kit is so much fun. Really looking forward to the workshop.
Beautifully presented, can’t wait to try them soon
Really beautiful dyes, perfect gift