Natural Dyes and Raw Materials in Indonesia

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.
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Natural dye process with Threads of Life weavers- from the Ann Street Studio blog

Visiting traditional Textile Weaving in Seraya, Bali as part of Threads of life, an organization creating the preserving this transitional handicraft.

Natural dye process with Threads of Life weavers from the Ann Street Studio blog.  Seraya, Bali

Visiting traditional Textile Weaving in Seraya, Bali as part of Threads of life, an organization creating the preserving this transitional handicraft.

Natural dye process with Threads of Life weavers from the Ann Street Studio blog

Visiting traditional Textile Weaving in Seraya, Bali as part of Threads of life, an organization creating the preserving this transitional handicraft.

Indigo dyeing by Ita Yusuf of Ndona in Flores

Indigo dyeing by Ita Yusuf of Ndona in Flores

Morinda roots are harvested for the red dye color

Morinda roots are harvested for the red dye color

The more slowly the red dye dries, the stronger the final color.

The more slowly the red dye dries, the stronger the final color.

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.

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.

Natural dye process with Threads of Life weavers. From the Ann Street Studio blog

Visiting traditional Textile Weaving in Seraya, Bali as part of Threads of life, an organization creating the preserving this transitional handicraft.

Symplocos provides the aluminum salt necessary to achieve the red color on cotton along with Morinda red dye and other plants

Symplocos provides the aluminum salt necessary to achieve the red color on cotton along with Morinda red dye and other plants

Supplying good quality cotton threads to weaver groups

Supplying good quality cotton threads to weaver groups

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.

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.

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.

handspun cotton

Visiting traditional Textile Weaving in Seraya, Bali as part of Threads of life, an organization creating the preserving this transitional handicraft.

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