THE MAKE _  The Earth Collection THE MAKE _  The Earth Collection

THE MAKE _ The Earth Collection

THE MAKE _  The Earth Collection THE MAKE _  The Earth Collection

Using plants and minerals as medium for dying.

 

We are constantly building, exploring, and learning from our Indian and Peruvian makers. We proudly embrace their craft traditions season after season. For SS20 we experiment with the longstanding practice of natural dying - a practice that is thousands of years old, with tricks of the trade passed down by word of mouth as closely guarded secrets. Natural dyes have been extracted from Earth's organic plants and minerals.

You'll often see the same plants used for dye as you do in Ayurveda - a trusted science of the mind, body, and spirit; and honors the power of plants as medicine. Giving our Earth Collection healing properties.

Minerals are used as the mordant (or fixatives) in natural dying. They work to naturally tint or shade the color while adhering the color to the fiber — color would wash or fade away without it.

Our Earth Collection offers an alternative to the poisons of the typical synthetic dyeing process. Your skin – the body’s largest organ – will no longer be soaking up the text book of unstudied chemicals found in normal dyes.

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01. CHARCOAL

Peru - Walnut + Tara :

The leaves and fruit of a Walnut Tree are used for dying within 72 hours of harvesting, and naturally creates a rich brown color. Walnut is used in herbal medicine to fight parasites and infections.

Tara is shrubby tree whose pods are used to make a tannin-rich color fixative and darkening agent.

 

 

 

fruit of a walnut tree

walnut tree

 

 

 

 

02. SPICE

Peru - Rhatany Root :

A Peruvian Andes native shrub, having bilaterally symmetrical pink or purplish flowers and spiny fruit. The dried root is used as a source for dye. Rhatany Root also has the Ayurveda Medicinal properties as an antibacterial in the mouth and is healing for chest pain or intestinal swelling.

India : Madder + Iron Earth

Madder is an ancient perennial of the Rubiaceae family (the same family as coffee). The root has been used as dye for over 5,000 years, producing a variety of vibrant red to orange color, depending on the soil and the age of the plant.

Iron is used as the mordant to set the color.

         rhatany shrub

rhatany shrub

 

 

 


    

03. GINGER

Peru - Molle :

Considered sacred, Molle is a small Peruvian evergreen with broad rounded head and slender pendant branches, with clusters of greenish flowers, followed by clusters of rose-pink fruits. Cooking the leaves and bark yields a yellow dye. Also known as a Peruvian Pepper Tree, the fruit is used in herbal medicine when pressed into essential oil, and used for digestion and circulation.

India - Pomegranate :

Pomegranate fruits are grown on shrubby trees, we know them for their rich red color but they hold muted yellow properties in the rind. In Ayurveda, Pomegranate reduces blood sugar and purifies the liver.

molle    

      

 

pomegranante

pomegranate

 

04. INDIGO

Peru - Pure Indigo :

We know Indigo as a rich blue color, but it surprisingly stems from the pea family, or the Genus Indigofera family, which have delicate leaves and red or purple flowers. A dark blue crystalline compound is extracted from the plant and is commonly used as dye (hello, denim).

indigo

genus indigofera

 

05. MINT

India - Terminalia Chebula + Iron :

Terminalia Chebula is a large (up to 98 feet), Asian native tree, that produces a fruit often used in Ayurveda for preventing and healing kidney and liver dysfunctions. The fruit is dried and ground into a tannin-rich powder for dying.

Iron is used as the mordant to set, neutralize, and lighten the color.

flowering terminalia chebula

 

06. COCONUT

India - Natural Enzymes + Sea Salt :

The textile is washed in  natural, mineral-rich water and sea salt, to remove any impurities from the weaving process.

natural enzymes

 

 

 

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