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Used by permission from photographer Bobby Bonaparte

On Makers Row: 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Natural Colors and Dyes

(Previously published on Makers Row) What are natural dyes? Natural dyes are textile colorants that are derived from plants, insects and other natural materials. They are steeped in history, mystery and lore and each culture has its own set of prized colors, traditions and meanings. Prior to the mid-19th century, all dyes were from the […]

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VIDEO: An Old Sweater, A New Lease on Life with Natural Dyes

There are so many ways of giving your clothing a whole new life instead of sending them to the landfill. Natural dyes are just one of many ideas so we can’t help but love this “Haulternative” video by Leotie Lovely by photographer/videographer, Monique Pantel from Pantel Photo featuring La Manufacture Onirique and Sencha & Bourbon. […]

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On Makers Row: Eco-Friendly Factories: How Do You Know Your Manufacturer Is Green?

Check out our guest post on Makers Row! As consumers increasingly look for transparency around the making and sourcing of the products they purchase, designers are striving to meet that need not only the conception of the product, but the manufacturing. While finding the perfect, environmentally-friendly fabric poses a challenge that’s equal parts fun and […]

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Join Us! Week-Long Fiber Retreat and Festival in Cordova, Alaska

We’ll be one of the 10 instructors at this amazing week-long fiber retreat and festival June 24th to July 3rd, put on by the fabulous Dotty Widmann and The Net Loft in Cordova, Alaska called the Cordova Gansey Project. Join us as we journey outdoors to harvest and dye with a variety of local plants […]

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How to Get Pantone’s 2016 Color(s) Of The Year With Natural Dyes

For the first time Pantone introduced not one but TWO shades for 2016 Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity.  Pantone describes the colors: Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, […]

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Blue Alchemy, a Documentary on Indigo’s Rich History

According to the BLUE ALCHEMY: Stories of Indigo site, the documentary is a feature-length documentary about indigo, “a blue
 dye that has captured the human imagination for millennia. It is also about people who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment, and […]

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Shades of Color History, From Egypt to Nantucket

This is one of the greatest color wheels we have ever seen! Lapham’s Quarterly looked at “natural” dyes and color from Egyptian Galena in 1900 BC to Nantucket Red in 1950! Fascinating and a must read. Click over to the article here. Image: Lapham’s Quarterly

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Olderbrother+Botanical Colors= Natural Dye Heaven

We’re so excited to see our Botanical Colors natural dyes featured with one of our favorite customers on Cool Hunting! Cool Hunting writes: “Olderbrother, the new clothing line started by Portland, Oregon-based designer Bobby Bonaparte and LA-based Max Kingery, has a whimsical, minimalist aesthetic that is partly influenced by the duo’s fascination with Japanese design […]

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In the News: Botanical Colors on Toxic Color in Fashion

Carolyn Higgins of the Seattle Globalist recently featured Botanical Colors founder Kathy Hattori on toxic textile dyeing. Carolyn writes: “Your soft cotton tee shirt is the ultimate warm fuzzy. Snuggling gratefully into its soft fibers, you feel virtuous about buying a product that was made of natural organic materials. Think of all those barrels of pesticides and […]

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Test Dyeing in Detroit With Lazlo

This week we are in Detroit, dipping indigo with Lazlo, an apparel brand run by a sibling duo in Detroit. So exciting! Lazlo is taking the most familiar items in a man’s wardrobe and rethinking each step of the manufacturing process to consider its impact on local economies and the environment. The result is a […]