• These Natural Dyers are ‘Better Than Google’

    “THEY are the duo described by their admirers as ‘better than Google.’ Revered for their incredible fine motor skills, Olive Edyvean and Margaret Belling are two of the longest serving members of the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Wagga. Olive joined the guild when the club was in its infancy, attending her first meeting in […]

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  • INTERVIEW: Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo

    272 years after the first successful indigo crop was planted in the Carolina colonies, Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo got an idea to research and track down the original strain of indigo plants that were grown in colonial Charleston. Her research and persistence located a few remaining varieties in isolated areas that had been […]

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  • The Hues of the Red, White & Blue

    “Every Memorial Day and July 4th millions of Americans get into the celebratory spirit, decking our homes and even ourselves in red, white, and blue. But why is the American flag red, white and blue rather than green, yellow and blue? When the Continental Congress adopted the American flag in 1777, to celebrate our country’s […]

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  • Social Change Through Indigo, Shibori and EILEEN FISHER

    This past weekend we had the pleasure of collaborating with EILEEN FISHER’S GREEN EILEEN team at a workshop in Seattle at the Hillman City Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is a center for the arts and an incubator for social change with a mission to create a space of transformation including the built environment and the programming […]

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  • 271 Years Before Pantone-Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book

    Colossal writes: “In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by […]

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  • MALVAR=STEWART’s BLUEPRINT Collection

    Celeste Malvar-Stewart, the designer of Columbus, Ohio based MALVAR=STEWART creates “non-seasonal lines of women’s clothing,” using salvaged fabrics and local natural dyes that do not follow the standard fashion concept of “this season’s color palette.” They also focus on unconventional design that is thoughtful towards the environment at every stage of the garment’s life cycle, without […]

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  • Indigo Topography

    Carrie Crawford, a new Botanical Colors customer wrote to us: “My husband, Jonathan contacted you in October for some basic indigo information and we shortly thereafter ordered supplies for a 1-2-3 vat. I have been experimenting and having a wonderful time with my vat…what a beautiful experience….I am forever in love with indigo…. I will […]

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  • EILEEN FISHER’s GREEN EILEEN Turns to Natural Dyes (That Means Us!)

    GREEN EILEEN is an initiative of the EILEEN FISHER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization that supports systematic changes that positively impact women and girls around the world. The branch is a recycled clothing program that extends the life of timeless EILEEN FISHER garments which are re-sold at both the Seattle and Irvington, New York GREEN […]

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  • Clothing to Dye For: The Guardian Features Botanical Colors

    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 [...] Continue Reading
  • Botanical Colors Joins Makers Row’s Roster of U.S. Manufacturers

    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 […]

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