sustainable dyes

Garment Repurposes Secondhand Clothing to Combat Overproduction

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE By cutting out the middleman and offering direct-to-consumer pricing through its e-commerce shop, Garment said it hopes to “democratize avant-garde…

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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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Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train…

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Fashion Students Turn Cotton Muslin Into Compost, Apply It to Natural Dye Garden

LOCAL COLOR The dye garden was started two years ago as a pilot project to demonstrate that fabric dyeing, which packs a heavy environmental punch, could be done with specific plants…

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BASE Range Offers Sustainable Wardrobe Basics Sans Filter

Simple. Soft. Natural. Minimal. Organic. Feminine. Today, our world is filled with endless filters and editing – it’s nearly impossible to find anything that hasn’t been…

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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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MetaWear is U.S.'s First Solar-, Geothermal-Powered Garment Factory

More often than not, ethical manufacturing practices and the textile industry seem to be somewhat of an oxymoronic thought. MetaWear, a screen-printing apparel company based in Fairfax,…

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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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London Designer Dyes Silk Scarves With Living Soil Bacteria

TO DYE FOR Her unusual process aside, Chieza takes a time-honored tack to achieve her designs: resistance dyeing. There are a few key differences, however. Instead of dye vats, petri…

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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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Studio Naenna Produces Stunning Handwoven Eco-Textiles in Thailand

Photos by Helen Morgan for Ecouterre Located in the rural outskirts of central Chiang Mai, Thailand, Studio Naenna work with local female artisans to make some truly beautiful fabrics.…

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Textile Arts Center Presents "Stained," an Exploration of Natural Dyes

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the center’s “Sewing Seeds” initiative, which includes an art residency, free educational programming, creation of natural…

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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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Make a Veggie-Printed Tote for Trips to the Farmers' Market (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 1 yard fabric (we used unbleached muslin) 1 yard ribbon or twill tape Vegetables (try corn, bell peppers, celery, and carrots, and anything else that strikes your…

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Textile Arts Center to Launch Magazine Celebrating "All Things Textiles"

IN PRINT “There are many textile and fiber focused magazines in the world, but we’re motivated to make one that highlights the contemporary state of the industry and sheds…

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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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