ECO-DESIGNS

THE BLUE DYE – INDIGO

For all those INDIGO lovers out there! Have a glance at this amazing Indigo ride right from a seedling turning into an amazing dye for maybe... your denims or Japanese shibori or handcrafted Indian ethnic wears. The list is endless. NATURAL. BIO-FRIENDLY. SUSTAINABILITY. ANCIENT DYE. HISTORICAL PAST. GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE. POPULARITY. MODERN APPLICATIONS makes Indigo a dye worth celebrating. Its called The King of natural dyes and is an integral part of Modern Wardrobes. Lets find out more about this exotic BLUE GOLD....

FOLK HERITAGE

BAGRU BLOCK PRINT- WITH LOVE FROM JAIPUR

From the cultural land of Rajasthan, comes an age old technique of textile printing- THE BAGRU PRINT. The piece of fabric with this exotic print is handcrafted with all the love to nature and inherited traditions. Bagru is acknowledged for its wooden blocks and all the natural colors used for printing. It is totally an Eco-friendly practice. Bagru, is a traditional BLOCK-PRINTING art of Rajasthan, flourished in a small town of "Bagru"at a distance of 30–35 kms from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The practice is as old as 400 to 500 years religiously developed and followed by the locals called Chippas who migrated from Sawai Madhopur (Alwar) as nomads and settled themselves in Bagru for livelihood. The admirers of textile handicraft might already heard or know about this beautiful printing technique, but some of you do not. So lets hear the tale and grab more knowledge about this very own heritage textile art.

ECO-DESIGNS

DEALING WITH NATURAL PIGMENTS

Since we started with our ECO-FRIENDLY SERIES based on natural pigments, we came to know about several natural color imparting substances on our planet which can prove really effective in carving out an alternative for synthetic coloring. Being Eco-friendly, these pigments are Sustainable, Bio-degradable and non-toxic for human use. One cannot deny the warmth of a handcrafted fabric dyed with all the beautiful natural stuff- Gentle both on the Earth and on your skin. Living in the era of tremendous environmental loss, the need of the hour is to create awareness about the challenges to the environment and playing our part to safeguard our Earth. One such small practice is choosing naturally dyed fabric over regular synthetic one. In this post we will discuss about how to actually deal with ECO-DYES. We will talk about- *Why to choose Eco-dyed fabric *The process of natural dyeing *Dye DIYs *How to take care of your eco-fabric *My visit to a handloom site in a small town of Madhya Pradesh. *Current global scenario of natural dyes *Revival of natural Indian dyes *Where to SHOP them in India. Read the full post and get to know all about it.

ECO-DESIGNS

ANIMAL BASED PIGMENTS AND DYES

Animal dye is a source of natural dye extracted from the secretions and dried bodies of animals or Insects or microbes. In China, dyeing with plants, barks and insects has been traced back more than 5,000 years. The history of animal dyes dates back to Mayan Civilization. However, microbial dye is certainly a recent approach. A large number of different species of bacteria, yeast, mold and algae produce pigments for economical dyes. Read the full post and explore more about Animal-Based Pigments.

ECO-DESIGNS

PLANT BASED PIGMENTS AND DYES

lets begin our sustainable journey with the better understanding for natural colors or pigments. Natural Pigments are sources of obtaining color in an Eco friendly way from plants, animals, minerals, rocks or ground. These colors can then be used to create tints, hues and shades of that particular color. In this post we will explore more about Plant based natural pigments.