Dress Mika


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Maple fresh leaves prints on Hemp and silk for the top, printed border with wood stamp

40% Hemp and 60% Silk


Kumo and maki nui shibori dyed with madder roots for the skirt

55% Hemp and 45% Cotton


Small to Large

Fabric: la cantate du chanvre, France

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Dyeing processes Fresh leaf dyes: The textile has been mordanted with alumina or iron salts. Freshly picked leaves are then filed. The fabric is folded, rolled on a stick and tied very very tight before steaming.
Mordanting process: Mordanting is a preliminary and almost unavoidable step in most vegetable dyes. It consists in giving a bath of metallic salts to the fabric whose function is to create a bridge between the fibers and the dyes and to fix the color permanently. Sometimes organic acids are added to this bath (cream of tartar, oxalic acid, vinegar, citric acid). Cellulosic fibers need a bath of tannin to bond the metallic salts to the textile. At the workplace, following strict ecological principles, we use only aluminum, iron, and some titanium oxalate without rejecting waste. Both metallic salts and tannin are classified as mordant.
Shibori: Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, which produces patterns on fabric. The fabrik can be tied, folded, twisted, knotted, or sewn. Each of these techniques requires special attention. Some of these techniques require countless hours of work to implement but also to untie and unravel at the end of the dyeing process. The fabric should be handled all the way through the dyebath so that the color arrives in its heart. The result is invaluable and makes the textile precious.
Vegetable dyes: The leaves and stems, or the roots are crushed and soaked in water for several hours to several days before being cooked. Depending on the plant used we will reach or not the broth. We will leave the juice separately before making a second extraction with new water. The liquid of these two extractions will be used as a dyeing bath.
Hours of work Dyes and tailoring: 24-32H