As ancient civilizations were familiar with the process of changing a textile's appearance, natural dyeing has a long history - over thousands of years. Berries, plant leaves, and flowers have been used since then to dye. Nowadays, the demand for natural pigments in high-fashion and slow fashion houses is growing and traditional techniques have been revived.
Still, only a few designers and artisans keep this craft alive with in-depth knowledge. At Opia we are pleased to give you a glimpse of uniquely dyed pieces from selected brands in-store.
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Jan Jan Van Essche is one designer using turmeric and Sumi ink in his collections. Sumi ink is an example of ancient dye characterized by its high opacity and is traditionally made in Japanese regions from burnt pine wood. This ink not only has a long history in textile but has also been used for calligraphy, painting, and other forms of artistic expression.
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The aesthetic of naturally dyed garments has its own character and gives each piece an individual touch.
The fabric remains alive, and after a few washes, a change of color may appear. Which has to be valued and viewed as part of the beauty deriving from traditional dyes. Conscious care of garments contributes to their longevity. We recommend that you treat your garments well by washing them as little as possible. Use a very mild detergent when hand washed or wash on low temperature only.
Image by cosmicwonder.com
Cosmic Wonder's color palette is calm, whether with flowers and roots printed on fine fabric or simply dyed with what's claimed to be the world's best indigo from Okinawa.
See you soon in store!