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Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Green – and Orange, Too!

By Amy DuFault | August 29, 2013
In 1997, Stefania Isaacson opened her business, Handspun by Stefania and quickly realized she needed to learn how to dye fibers to create beautiful colors for her yarn.  She discovered natural dyes and began to concoct unusual and striking combinations of spinning fibers and hand spun yarns. Now after many years she has written a [...]

Interview: Appalatch Apparel Sees Natural Dyes As An Ethical & Environmental Bonus

By Amy DuFault | August 21, 2013
We are so excited to announce our recent collaboration with Appalatch Clothing. Appalatch told us, "One glaring place that we would love to improve upon is the use of natural instead of synthetic dyes which we know is more toxic to people and the environment. Unfortunately, we haven't found an American industrial dye house that [...]

Clothing to Dye For: The Guardian Features Botanical Colors

By Amy DuFault | August 15, 2013
It's no surprise that the fashion industry is coming under close scrutiny for damage done to our most precious resource: water. According to an article in Treehugger, a single mill in China can use 200 tons of water for each ton of fabric it dyes; many rivers run with the colors of the season as [...]

Botanical Colors Joins Makers Row’s Roster of U.S. Manufacturers

By Kathy Hattori | August 4, 2013

Do you know about Maker’s Row? Well, Botanical Colors just got listed on it and we are so proud to be part of their online database for U.S. manufacturers. Maker’s Row wants to make it easier for businesses to access and produce their goods from companies in the United States. To help with that, the […]

Talking Natural Dyes with Lissa the Shop

By Kathy Hattori | August 1, 2013

We were so excited that LISSA the shop contacted us for an interview! LISSA hopes to be an online leader for selling a curated collection of eco-conscious clothing for stylish women, “for that every day, relaxed elegance. Not too granola, nothing too fancy.” Part of Lissa’s eco-formula for success will be opting for clothing made […]

For Sale: Color Forecasting in All Shades of Natural

By Kathy Hattori | July 30, 2013
I was fortunate to work with Fran Yoshioka, a well-known, respected color and trend forecast expert on the Autumn/Winter 2014 palette. Color forecasting is an art and a science and Fran travels to Europe to check out the trends in boutiques, street life and some major trade shows. The major trends she described to me were [...]

Finding Artistic Inspiration on Pinterest

By Kathy Hattori | July 26, 2013
Carol Shaw-Sutton Art There are so many wonderful textile artists and natural inspiration around us daily, so much so that sometimes it's hard to settle and do our own work! When we first started the Botanical Colors Pinterest page, the idea was to savor what we loved most, give it a rest stop so we [...]

Botanical Colors’ Shawls Debut on Wantful!

By Kathy Hattori | July 25, 2013
We love that our Pom-Pom and silk, metallic gauze shawls were posted on Wantful today! Our large and lightweight shawls are dyed in organic indigo, giving them a natural color incomparable to conventional dyes. Handwoven and hand tied, each shawl will have slight variations of blue, but all are completely beautiful and ready to cover [...]

Woad Classes with Denise Lambert Sept 13 & 14

By Kathy Hattori | July 24, 2013
We're getting excited with every registration for this September workshop! Learn the ancient art of Woad dyeing from master dyer Denise Simeon Lambert, founder of Bleu de Lectoure in Southwest France. Denise’s passion for traditional French Blue revitalized woad dyeing and cultivation in France and brought back the medieval techniques of the traditional woad vat, [...]

Pantone 2013 Color of the Year: Emerald

By Kathy Hattori | February 14, 2013

This is an easy to make, beautiful green.  I am including some guidelines – create your own version for a beautiful accent to your 2013 color palette. EMERALD On wool yarn, mordant with potassium aluminum sulfate.  You may use between 10-20% on the weight of the fiber. -Use 5% fustic and 5% Saxon Blue.  At […]