Natural dyes were once used around the world. The environmental dangers of chemical based dyes are numerous, with many countries around the world suffering from environmental degradation caused by (often illegal, but hard to prevent) leakages or intentional releases of dyes and paints in to water courses. This is one reason why we believe very strongly in natural dyes.Natural Dyes in Nepal
Chemical dyes have gained due to the consistency in the colour and shade achieved with each dye. This means every item is exactly the same, so with this predictability comes mass production and replication.
The trend of using chemical dyeing has caught on in Nepal too and it is hard to find people working exclusively* with natural dyes. We believe in recreating and reviving the traditional knowledge that can benefit the community here in Nepal and not have negative impacts on the environment.
*We believe it is important to work with people dedicated to natural dyes because this shows a commitment to it, rather than simply following an economic opportunity by providing natural dye options.
We use dyes mainly from plant or mineral bases including pomegranate, acacia, rhubarb, walnut, indigo, haro and madder. Our dyeing is done in small batches, by hand at a small, independent weaving centre that specialises in natural materials and dyes.
The beauty of natural dyes and of small batch-dyeing is that the exact same colour is not achieved each time. This creates unique products, so even if your friend has the same yoga mat, mat bag or laptop case, there will be subtle differences between them.