Natural Plant Dyes
Bali passion project
Plant dyes offer a broad spectrum of colours, each with its own unique and natural hue. Mango leaves, for instance, can yield various shades of green, making the dyeing process an exciting experiment in color creation.
The colour extraction process is lengthier than typical dyeing. It involves chopping and air-drying leaves, followed by a 7 to 8-hour boil to obtain the colour extract. Nonetheless, leaves are the key ingredient in natural dyeing, thanks to their easy availability, sustainability (no tree cutting), and the potential for using leaf waste as compost.
Select healthy mango leaves from mature trees, preferably during the growing season to ensure optimal pigment content.
Shread the leaves into smaller pieces and place them in a large tank of boiling water. Boil for 7+ hours.
Let the dye bath cool and strain out the leaves to obtain a concentrated dye solution.
Stir to ensure even distribution of the dye.Let the jumper soak in the dye bath for an adequate period to achieve the desired colour intensity.
Benefits of Plant Dyes:
Renewable and Abundant: Plants used for dyeing, like mango leaves, are renewable resources that can be sustainably harvested without depleting the natural ecosystem.
Health and Safety: Plant dyes are non-toxic and pose no health risks to individuals handling them during the dyeing process.
Reduced Water Consumption: Compared to synthetic dyeing processes, dyeing with plant-based dyes often requires less waste.
Rich and Unique Colours: Plant dyes offer a broad spectrum of colours, each with its own unique and natural hue.
Colour: Mango Leaf
Whilst here in Bali we have experimented with the traditional techniques of natural plant dyes. We have taken our much loved white Mini Muse top and overdyed it with the natural colour extracted from the mango leaf.
The process involves chopping the leaves, drying them, and boiling them for 7+ hours to obtain the unique colour extract then our mini muse tops are soaked in the dye for another 5+ hours.
- Natural plant dyed from Mango leaves.
- Boucle Embroidery Mini Muse logo
- Lightweight summer fleece (thicker than a Tee but not as thick as a winter jumper)
- Buttery soft Bamboo & Organic Cotton brushed fleece inside
- Snap opening on back shoulder for easy changes for under 1 year
- Slouchy oversize fit
- 67% Bamboo 28% Organic Cotton 5% Spandex lightweight fleece
- Natural Plant dye from Mango Leaves.
- Ethically made
Fit Info: Slouchy oversized Fit. Sonny is 2 wearing the 2-4yr top.
Visiting the dye Mill and learning each step in the process spoke to our environmental values with no need to cut down trees, allowing them to grow, and using any leaf waste as compost.