Nature has always offered us the plants and minerals necessary for the creation of colors. From China to India, throughout the Persian Empire and Israel, it was well before our era that we were interested in natural dyeing.
From antiquity, man sought to distinguish himself by coloring his clothes. He first turned to earth for minerals before discovering the dyes extracted from the vegetable world. This ancestral know-how of natural dye has succeeded in perfecting itself through the ages and civilizations.
Unfortunately, it was less than a century ago that we replaced vegetable dyes with chemical and toxic substances in order to promote industrial/mass production.
With globalization and aspiration for more profits, there was a massive relocation of factories in the South-East Asia countries, especially in India, where the working conditions of workers can be described as modern slavery.
The technicality of colours
Each dyeing plant has its own codes, recipes, hues and evolutions in time. The mastery of natural colours implies numerous know-how between botany and chemistry. The dyeing power of some plants can be found in flowers, leaves and fruits while the roots, branches or bark are used for others. These elements of some plants must be brought to boil and for others they require a period of fermentation, as in the case of Indigo, for example.
How we get our colors
Click the pictures to see the color shades