Naturally dyed Botanica Tinctoria trimmings and threads offer designers of sustainable textiles and fashion a wide range of beautiful and fast colours. The carefully curated collection of trimmings includes ribbons, tapes, broderie anglaise, hand-crocheted lace and rick rack as well as high quality Eri silk embroidery threads. The harmonious and luminous palette of 14 natural colours is sourced from traditional dye plants such as indigo and madder.
Reviving historical practices and implementing current environmental ideas, both organic and conventional cotton trimmings are dyed with BioDye India in a closed loop process. BioDye uses dyes, mordants and auxiliaries that are environmentally safe. Dyestuffs are obtained from sustainable sources such as leaves, fruits, by-products and regnerative stems, and all waste materials are biodegradable. In fact, waste products, including compost and irrigation-quality water, are used to grow dye and medicinal plants and food crops for in-house consumption. Through collaboration with village women’s groups, dyeplants are collected and firewood is obtained from renewable plantations and then used in fuel-efficient stoves in the dye house. BioDye also works with local farmers to support the re-introduction of indigo in agriculturally depleted regions, thus contributing to sustainable livelihoods.
Combining contemporary environmental thinking with current scientific advances and blending this with historic dye knowledge, Botanica Tinctoria offers a range of innovative and beautiful high quality materials for the creative designer or maker.
Botanica TInctoria materials are created by designer Rachel MacHenry. For more details on her work in developing projects with artisans around the world, please visit Handwork Studio www.handwork-studio.com