What is plant dying?
Plant dye, also known as natural dye, is a coloring substance derived from plants. It is extracted from various parts of the plant, such as leaves, flowers, stems, and roots. These natural dyes contain pigments that can be transferred to fabrics, resulting in a wide range of colors.
Why is plant dying preferred over synthetic dyes?
Unlike synthetic dyes, plant dyes are biodegradable and do not contribute to water pollution. They are derived from renewable resources and have a lower carbon footprint making the more environmentally friendly than synthetic dyes. Plant dyes are non-toxic and do not pose health risks to humans or the environment. They are safe to use, even for individuals with sensitive skin. These natural dyes also produce colors that are often more nuanced and complex than synthetic dyes. They can create subtle variations and natural gradients.
Popular Plant Dyes
Turmeric: Creates vibrant yellow hues.
Logwood: Offers a range of purple and gray tones.
What is mud printing?
The process of mud printing starts with preparing the fabric by washing it to remove any impurities. Then, the fabric is soaked in a mixture of mud and natural dyes, such as indigo or turmeric, to create the desired color. The designs are then applied by hand using mud to prevent the dye from penetrating certain areas of the fabric. Once the fabric is dry, the mud is washed off, revealing the intricate patterns and designs.
How is mud printing combined with kantha quilts?
Every Namai Quilted Plant Dyed Kantha Jacket tells a story and carries with it the traditions and history of the region.