Our dye process for our botanically dyed silks include Madder, Sandalwood, Cochineal, Indigo and of course, flowers! Our Cochineal, which is definitely tiny bugs that grow on prickly pear cacti, comes from a 5 family co-op in Peru and they're harvested with zero chemicals! Fun fact: Cochineal was once thought to be as valuable as gold! It creates beautiful and unpredictable colors.
Using natural materials creates silk that is unique, beautiful and incidental.
Each silk is laid flat, packed with an array natural goodies, rolled tightly and steamed for 2-3 hours to set the dye. I then unravel the silk, run it under cold water and wash it by hand with a mild detergent or baby soap.
Natural dye powders, fruits and vegetables can be steamed similarly to create a liquid dye. The photo above is a dye made completely from strawberries. We've dubbed this dye 'Dusty Rose', you can see it in action here.