The colors of the earth.

Indigo, Arecanut, Pomegranate, Myrobalan, Madder, Eucalyptus ingredients from nature to infuse colours into our clothes

Scouring

Yarn procured is bound to have impurities, which have to be first removed before the dyeing process begins. This is part of the preparation of the yarn. A large tank of water is heated and the yarn is boiled in this water to remove oil and grime. This process is called scouring.

Hot Dyeing

The yarn is prepared by dipping it in a mordant solution. Alum is used as a mordant. This will aid for color fixing. The yarn is then dipped into the dye broth which is prepared according to the requirement. For getting mixture of colours, the yarn is dipped multiple times in different dye solutions. The second mordant dip, which is performed in the post treatment stage is done for specific dyes which require additional steps to ensure the right colour is obtained.

Cold Vat Dyeing

In this process of dyeing, the raw materials are mixed in a pot were it is left for 1-2 days to ferment. The yarn is dipped one or more times depending on the desired shade. Indigo is mixed in the vat along with limestone to obtain blue colour. "Kasim Kari", where a concoction of jaggery, iron rust is left fermented for 15 days before using this to dip the yarn is used for black colour. The yarn, thus dyed is then dipped in a solution of myrobalan (alalekai). Areca peel is also prepared using the cold vat method of dyeing.

Drying

The dyed and treated yarn is then dried naturally and uniformly before sending to the weaving process.

Natural Dyes

The textile industry is one of the most polluting today with harmful effluents discarded by the chemical dyeing process causing irreparable damage to our ecosystem. Chemical dyes are proving harmful for our health as well as they contain components that are carcinogenic and toxic to our system causing chemical sensitivity. The symptoms range from headache, nausea to hyperactivity and behavioural problems in children. The ground water and water sources are is polluted causing our food to be poisoned.

There is an urgent need to find alternatives in terms of natural dyes which are slowing finding their way back into people's lives. The Natural dyes are extracted from naturally available plant ingredients like indigo, Pomegranate, Myrobalan, Kasimkari, Arecanut juice, Jack wood and other natural materials. Alum, a naturally available mineral is used as a mordant. The water used for dyeing is safe to be treated and reused to water plants. There are no harmful chemicals used in the entire process, thus making this environmentally friendly. The natural dyed clothes are easy on the skin as well.