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5 Things Designers Must Know About Naturally Dyed Fabric

Fashion designers exploring eco-friendly ways of pursuing slow fashion often fall in love with the idea of natural dyes. Besides their positive environmental impact they are simply beautiful. However, working with natural dyes can be rather challenging. Natural dyeing is an ancient type of dyeing and it is a common situation that designers and dyers have significantly different perspective and expectations. In this post we’ll share some of the key things you need to know to in order to be able to bridge the gap between the modern fashion requirements and the reality of working with naturally dyed fabric. Natural dyeing has been around for centuries and it rapidly went out of use as soon as chemical dyes were invented...

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Ultimate Guide to Naturally Dyed Garment Care

The growing trend of conscious, slow fashion has brought back ancient dyeing techniques. Compared to synthetic dyes, they are absolutely superior in terms of their impact on human health and the environment. Given that natural dyes do not use heavy chemicals they tend to fade more quickly and require special garment care. Is that a reason to avoid them? Don’t be silly. Let us show you four easy-to-follow garment care tips that will make your experience caring for your naturally dyed pieces all too easy. The way you wear and care for your garment guides the a slow process of creating a personal signature on the fabric while making it uniquely yours. Much like a pair of jeans. Washing made...

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Why Nature Loves Plant Dyes

Fashion industry has not only been “trending” clothing styles but environmental pollution as well. It’s quite well known that between 17% and 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles according to The World Bank. This makes textile industry the second most polluting industry in the world. Use of synthetic dyes has an adverse effect on all forms of life. Clearly we need to find smart ways to make textile production environmentally sustainable. Can we do that while keeping design possibilities thriving? It surely is possible. Natural textile dyes can help solve one of the biggest environmental threats of the entire textile industry - synthetic dyes. Let’s dive into different aspects of environmental benefits...

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The Four Artful Plant Dyes

There is a number of plants that make beautiful dyes. Some of them you can find in your backyard, and some are quite exotic. Regardless of their origin, most of the plant dyes have medical properties that can make positive effect on one’s health. At the Artful Scout we use four exciting plants to create gorgeous shades of indigo, citrine, pomegranate, and peony, we have in the collection 2016. Indigo Indigo is one of the most fascinating plant colors and among the oldest textile dyes in the world. It was valued as a luxury product in ancient Greece and Rome. It is believed that it originates from India but it was widely used in South East Asia for centuries. The...

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