mango leaf

Natural Plant Dyes

Bali passion project

Bali passion project

We're thrilled to present our exciting new passion project here in Bali - a creative endeavor to transform our white Mini Muse slouch in into vibrant, eco-friendly masterpieces using natural plant dyes, specifically derived from mango leaves.

This project aligns with our commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness, showcasing the beauty and benefits of using plant-based dyes.

Like all our dyes they are free of toxic substances like azo dyes, formaldehyde, flame retardants, phthalates, chlorine bleach, heavy metals, or other dangerous chemicals commonly found in fabric dyes.
"Visiting the dye Mill and learning each step in the process spoke to our environmental values and was something I knew I wanted to make work"
Mango leaves

Mango leaves

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.

Sustainable Harvesting

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.

Step 1

Select healthy mango leaves from mature trees, preferably during the growing season to ensure optimal pigment content.

Step 2

Shread the leaves into smaller pieces and place them in a large tank of boiling water. Boil for 7+ hours.

Step 3

Let the dye bath cool and strain out the leaves to obtain a concentrated dye solution.

Step 4

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:

Eco-Friendly: Plant dyes are biodegradable and environmentally sustainable. They do not release harmful chemicals into the environment during the dyeing process or after disposal.

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.