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Broad Stripes, Bright Stars: The Changing Fabric of the American Flag

Photo by Shutterstock America has come a long way since its birth as a nation in 1776. But just as the country has evolved throughout the years, so has Old Glory. From the arrangement…

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Block Shop Textiles Revitalizes Traditional Indian Block-Printing

In Bagru, a city in Rajistan, India, hand printed textiles have followed the same tradition for over 350 years. Block Shop are trying to help keep this historic method alive by carving…

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Blond & Bieber's "Algaemy" Uses Microalgae to Dye Textiles

GREEN GOLD To take the concept further, Blond and Bieber created its so-called “analog printer”: an all-in-one microalgae farm, laboratory, and cylinder roller for wheeling…

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Botanicaldye by Color Ball: Water-Saving Textiles Dyed With 3,000 Plants

BOTANICALDYE BY COLOR BALL \bə-ˈta-ni-kəl-ˈdī ˈbī ˈkə-lər ˈbȯl\ n 1 a: A line of “environmentally sensitive” lyocell, organic cotton, and organic bamboo yarns…

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Alabama Chanin Starts Natural Dye Facility, Relaunches Indigo Line

ALABAMA BLUES The do-it-yourself route was partly born out of necessity. Several of Alabama Chanin’s go-to dye houses have shuttered over the years, making it increasingly…

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Serpent & Bow's Myth-Inspired Indigo-Dyed Garments Are Mesmerizing

Serpent & Bow use sustainably sourced fabrics and natural dyes such as indigo to create these handcrafted textiles and fashion items that evoke mythical mer-people. Founded by…

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Silkworms Fed on "Green" Dyed-Leaf Diet Spin Naturally Colored Silk

Photo by Shutterstock Scientists have discovered a better way to obtain colored silk from silkworms. By feeding silkworm larvae a modified diet of spray-dyed mulberry leaves,…

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Ishi Makes Organic, Naturally Dyed Vests That Promote Livelihoods in India

Very rarely does a fashion choice have the opportunity to make a profound influence on a global scale. For Harish Patel, a few compliments sparked an idea that became the Ishi vest.…

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Muji Bankrolls Eco-Friendly Dyeing Plant in Cambodia

Muji has announced the development of an eco-friendly natural-dye plant in Cambodia as part of its commitment to the Business Call to Action, a global initiative to “accelerate…

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Colorant's Naturally Plant-Dyed Cashmere Knits are Beautiful to Behold

BACK TO BASICS The textile industry typically relies on a suite of synthetic dyes to ensure consistency and fastness of color. It also consumes a tremendous amount of water—as much as…

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Ploughboy Organics Turns Tobacco Waste Into Nontoxic Textiles, Dyes

Tobacco, as it turns out, is good for more than a smoke. According to one North Carolina company, the plant can also be harnessed as a sustainable, cost-effective resource for the…

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Denham Turns Vintage Linens, Navy Blankets Into Military-Inspired Parkas

MADE NEW Denham’s designers took their inspiration seriously. After locating two examples of the coat—one at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in California and the other at an annual…

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Customize a Silk Scarf With Textile Arts Center's Plant-Based Solar-Dye Kit

Natural dyeing might feel confusing. From mordants, pH levels, and various fibers—there’s a lot of information to absorb. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Enter the…

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Make Over Your Back-to-School Wardrobe With Natural Dyes (DIY Tutorial)

The dry summer afternoons of Northern California have inspired the spray of the hose, colanders full of freshly harvested blackberries, and post-lunch respites under the shade of fully…

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The Art of Dyeing: Harvesting Color at Awamaki's Natural Dye Workshop

Rising before sunrise, I was accompanied by three other girls and Mieke Briejer, our Awamaki tour guide as we departed on the four-hour journey that would take us to Parobamba, a…

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Studio Swine's Portable Dyer's Workshop is Brim-Full of Seasonal Plants

Studio Swine’s bamboo-derived “seed socks” aren’t just comfy foot coverings, they’re also a gateway product into the world of do-it-yourself natural dyes.…

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Brushed From Bunnies, Ambika's Angora "Furs" Offer Luxury Sans Cruelty

HOP TO IT Angora wool is said to be as soft as cashmere, but eight times as warm as sheep’s wool. Since the launch of her brand, Conroy has gone from two pet rabbits (they would…

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Guess What? Crushed Red Bugs Are in Your Lipstick, Too

Photo by Shutterstock Ground-up bug carcasses aren’t unique to Starbucks Strawberries & Crème Frappuccinos and red velvet whoopee pies. Cochineal extract, derived from the…

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