This week on FEEDBACK FRIDAY we had Botanica Tinctoria founder Rachel MacHenry. Rachel talked about her work developing ideas and products focused on natural dyeing, including collections developed with Ajrak dyers in Pakistan, a natural dye research facility in India and forest-based community production in Assam. Her talk looked at the connections between cloth, color, community and the land.
Watch the video here.
Rachel MacHenry is the founder of of Botanica Tinctoria and develops innovative design collections in partnership with artisans in Pakistan, India, Peru, Chile.
Naturally dyed Botanica Tinctoria trimmings and threads offer designers, sewers, costumers and makers of sustainable textiles and fashion a wide range of beautiful and fast colors. The curated collection of trimmings includes ribbons, eyelet lace, rick rack, and hand-crocheted lace edgings as well as cotton, linen and lustrous Eri silk embroidery threads. The harmonious and luminous palette of 14 natural colours is sourced from traditional dye plants such as indigo and madder. All our processes work with the rhythms of the natural world, and our textiles are created in a holistic relationship with our earth.
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If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.
We even have our own theme song thanks to musician Jimmie Snider (click here to hear more of his music)!