Each season I collaborate with a local natural dye company to create a plant-based color palette. Each naturally-dyed color is a work carefully developed by their expert dye master. After a plant-based dye formla is devloped, the new colorway is rigoursly tested for color fastness and crocking. Finally, our seamstresses create protoypes of each design and are then tested in real life to make sure they withstand the ordinary yet magical life of a child.
Our fabric is dyed by a local natural dye company in machines that are designed especially for natural dyes. This enables us to dye large amounts of fabric, a task that is nearly impossible when dyeing hundreds of yards by hand. Before the fabric is dyed it is treated with a mordant to optimize the absorbancy of the braci to dye and it’s color fastness. At the dye house, rain water is collected in a huge cistern for all of the dye baths in effort to conserve water and protect local waterways. Because the dye stuffs are 100% plant based, this allows the exhausted dye baths and dye stuffs to be composted or used as fertilizer on local fields.