Reviving the art of natural dyeing
The process of natural dyeing requires very basic equipment. But in order to repeat the same colour, it is important to maintain the right pH, the right temperature and the right amount of dye material, each time.
Equipment from top left to bottom right:
- a digital weighing scale
- a pH meter
- a stainless steel container
- a glass rod
- measuring cups
The story of color is an old and important one. Since the beginning of time there has been color, be it in textiles, in paintings, in architecture,even cosmetics. Today, with the fashion industry being in such a serious need for ecological reforms, it is time to remember the past and once again get inspired by the colors of nature and innovate with it. Avani aims to bring back the use of such natural dyes to put the story of color back into the hands of the farmer and re-link the lands, farmers and industries.
Products made by - Kumaon-Earthcraft Co-operative
Text: Prachi Gupta
Images & Video: Prachi Gupta, Avani archives (courtesy of previous volunteers)