Native natural dye workshops in Bristol and the South West. Learn how to forage for dyes, extract colour, and dye uk grown cloth.
Learn how to identify dye plants. Explore the possibilities of sustainable textiles harnessing local renewable materials.
The Bristol Cloth project showcases British heritage, preserving what this land has always offered and what British communities have done for centuries. We are set to prove that it is still commercially viable to make cloth on our shores, sustaining British tradition, culture, community, land and the economy.
Crowd funder page: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bristol-cloth-1
Bristol Cloth is made with holistically farmed and biologically washed wool from Fernhill Farm. Naturally dyed with organic British plant dyes by Botanical Inks. And woven at the Bristol Weaving Mill, the first industrial loom to open in Bristol in nearly 100 years.
By supporting this campaign, you can help re-create a local, resilient textile economy in the South West, offering an alternative to the unsustainable global textile production systems which have threatened traditional British cloths almost to extinction and critically damaged the health of our biosphere; Support regenerative agriculture which captures carbon from the air and locks it back into the soil whilst also replenishing soil health; Help recreate our ability to dye textiles using non-toxic plant dyes; and bring artisan textile production back into our local economy.
We are thrilled to be working with Bristol based designers to provide an enticing selection of rewards for you to purchase to help us back this project. Brown In Town are offering tailor made mens jackets and suits, Jokoto Tailors have flattering ladies kimono jackets and accessories and oB wear is a clothing label focusing on making high quality, considered garments that shape with us over the years. Offering a choice of unisex zero-waste garments.
ARTISAN Natural dye studio, Bristol, uk
Natural dye services, workshops, book and proud suppliers of the Bristol Cloth.
Prioritising local, organic, biodegradable materials.
Botanical Inks provides contemporary traditional artisan natural dyeing services from our Bristol based studio.
We are the the natural dyers for the exciting Bristol Cloth project - A locally sourced and manufactured cloth for the UK.
We offer natural dyeing for textiles, clothing and paper products, and a range of surface application techniques, including Shibori tie-dyeing, bundle dyeing with flowers and plant material, organic indigo vat dyeing, block printing and screen printing with natural dye inks, writing and drawing inks, Hapazome and ice-flower dyeing.
Find a workshop near you, or book a private tuition class at our studio in Bristol to suit individual requirements and interests.
We harness environmentally sustainable colour from the local landscape, gathering wild plants, harvesting organic produce and re-cycling farm & food waste to extract colour, along with well sourced exotic natural dye extracts.
We prefer to use organic, locally manufactured fibres for our textiles and paper products, and work with a range of local suppliers of organic unbleached British grown peace silk, local holistically farmed wool and recycled unbleached paper.
Prioritising local, renewable materials & low-impact processes, for creating natural colour and pattern, without the use of toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals, as part of a plant-based, non-toxic, circular design practice.
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