Information for Dying Our Fabric Cloth By Medina
Firstly, all the plant matter is collected from various tree’s growing on the land where they are
grown organically and without very little intervention from man. Once the plant matter has been selectively collected, it is then taken to the factory where it is then spread out on the ground, to dry
in the sun. Once the plant matter is very dry, which can take up to a week or two, depending on the weather conditions, hopefully, the sun is hot and shining. The plant matter is then put through a mulching machine, this hand driven machine which breaks up the fibers, and from there it goes into big vats were it is then boiled and stirred for up to 10 hours.
This process releases the resins and the color from the plant matter.
Now the colors are ready to be used in the dying process.
Once the fabric’s are dyed they then undergo another treatment, with a mordant and this assists the colors to be set into the fabric. After the fabric is dyed the excess water then goes through a totally organic water treatment using water hyacinth. Once it has been treated to remove any unwanted resin’s etc, the water is so clean and healthy that it is able to go back and be used in the rice fields.
Using natural plant matter for dying is not like a commercial chemical dye, the color is much more sensitive and needs to be treated with more care. As one would with a silk shirt or a piece of cashmere clothing.
Our cloth Bali soft furnishings products still produced using a semi-modern & traditional technic to achieve a unique character for every piece.
We suggest when washing the plant dyed fabric’s, to put them in an old pillowcase,
then into the washing machine, with cool water and a mild soap powder or liquid.
Once washed, spin only for a short time, then place the fabric outside, but not in direct sunlight.
Composition 100% cotton
Plants and their color properties
The color Red used for CLOTH fabric’s derives from the “Secang Tree”…..or the Biancaea Sappan
tree were we use the bark only to achieve the color.
This tree is native to South East Asia.
The color Indigo comes from the Tarum Tree, were we use the leaves of the tree
to achieve the intensity of deep blue.
The color Black and Charcoal derive from the same Ketapang tree / Red Almond Tree,
but it is the leaf that gives the color. The black is placed in the dying vat for a longer period of time than the charcoal color.