For centuries, plants have been picked, raised and processed for nourishment, embellishment and healing. It seems that on every part of the world where humans have lived we can find a body of knowledge based on the powers of herbs, roots and flowers. This unique relationship between plants and people still remains in our ancestral memory waiting to be rediscovered. Such a quest will take us from the world of materials to a symbolic realm, where chemistry becomes alchemy, and colors manifest their powerful connection to the earth.

The use of plants for dyes is well-known. By drying, grinding, soaking and heating, plants are transmuted into pigments that will then be used to enrich people's lives through the decoration of fibers, leather, fabrics, crafts, hair and even their bodies. But plants also possess a variety of curative properties. In a way, the colors obtained from the processing of these raw materials retain those healing attributes, moving from the material and chromatic dimension through a gateway that lead us to rediscover a forgotten traditional knowledge.

 

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 You will learn how to: dye fibers using all natural materials, how to extract colors from plants, kitchen waste and herbs, what mordants are and how to use them.

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Every material used to produce these garments is provided by the earth and respects the land and the traditions that inspire them.

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Heat, water and time are the mediums that allow the transformation. The production of each garment starts by simmering the plant extracts for about an hour. Later, the fibers or fabrics are added and let for cooling down overnight. About 80 percent of the water is recycled for the next dye bath. This not only ensures a sustainable practice, but also creates deep unique colors. From light to darker hues, the colors produced in each immersion will not be able to be reproduced.

 
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Dye baths are used until the water comes out clear. It is a slow process that requires patience, dedication and care to create rich colors that keep delicious aromatic notes and a glow that only natural dyes can provide.

 

The first series of this collection is called: Native South America. It uses extracts from Guayacan, Palo Amarillo, Quebracho and Tara trees, originally from Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and Argentina. Besides the incredible colors these plants produce, each one is also known in their native lands for their medicinal uses, that go from respiratory issues to fever remedy, digestive problems, and blood sugar control.

 

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These classes are specially organized to teach a traditional technique, transmit the passion for pigments, fibers, processes and encourage to experiment. 

Learn how to dye fibers and fabrics using all natural materials, how to extract colours from plants, kitchen waste and herbs, what mordants are and how to use them.