All of our textiles are made with natural dyes and local materials. This board is all about the plants that provide the dye materials and how our weavers get those incredible colors for Threads of Life.
Aesthetically and economically, natural dyes are at the heart of Threads of Life’s mission. But buying naturally dyed textiles is not an end in itself; our support for natural dyes is also a means to address environmental conservation in Indonesia.
Spinning thread, Watublapi, Flores. n much of the country, the dry season brings most agricultural activity to a halt. Women fill the gap with cotton: they harvest, clean, spin, dye, and weave it until they are needed in the fields once more. Many families subsist on the produce of their gardens and barter with their neighbors. Cotton textiles provide the cash income to cover taxes, school fees, and medical expenses.
Mature cotton, Timor. In rural Indonesia, seasons are stitched together with cotton (Gossypium genus). Late in the rainy season, farmers plant local varieties of cotton between rows of corn or other crops. When the rains stop, they bring in the harvest, and leave the cotton to mature. As the weather grows hot and dry, the bolls swell and burst open, and puffs of white cotton fiber spill into the sunlight.