We now offer small runs of Herbal dyed 100% Organic Cambric in a variety of natural shades
Herbal / Natural Dye Info
The fabrics can be coloured naturally, using medicinally rich plants, minerals, fruits, seeds and roots. Bleaching is carried out using sunlight. Due to the fact that many of the herbs used for dying the organic fabrics are used for medicinal remedies, the fabrics hold medicinal values to some extent when worn or used
Authentic Herbal / Natural Dye Process
sea salt & water to remove gums & oils
direct sunlight, grass & manure to start
natural mordents No heavy metals like copper, chrome, zinc, tin etc.
Potassium aluminiumsulphate (salt) is a popular one
Herbs/ Minerals & fabric or yarn are immersed in baths
sprinkling pure water & stretching on hand rolls
filtration of solid & liquid waste for use in farm lands
GOTS LOW IMPACT DYES
Low impact dyes, certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), contain no heavy metals. The bleaching agents contain no chlorine, no toxic dioxins, but use hydrogen peroxide instead. The fixing and finishing agents contain no silicone of formaldehyde all dyes are AZO free.
Conventional cotton is treated with a myriad of chemicals – silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde – to name just a few!
GREIGE / NATURAL
Greige fabrics are untreated, unprocessed, undyed, unbleached. It is also noteworthy to mention that due to the innate nature of the organic system in process there will be unique & infinite range of changes which will arise within the fabrics from seed to finished rolls.
Origin: 1925–30; < French grège (of silk) raw < Italian greggio (gray)
greige (ɡreɪʒ) — adj 1. (of a fabric or material) not yet dyed — n 2. an unbleached or undyed cloth or yarn [C20: from French grège raw]