Buy organic silk grown in Hertfordshire. Ready for dyeing and printing.
Botanical Inks: Plant-To-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects Paperback - May 31st 2018
Learn how to transform foraged wild plants, plants, garden produce and recycled food into dyes and inks with Botanical Inks. The book shows you how to extract environmentally sustainable colour from the landscape and use it to create natural dyes for textiles, clothing, paper and other materials.
Botanical Inks covers dyeing and surface application techniques, including bundle dyeing, Shibori tie-dyeing, hapazome, indigo sugar vat dyeing, wood-block printing, screen printing and more. And it also shows you how to turn your new inks, dyes and technique knowledge into wonderful projects, from a simple bundle-dyed scarf to a block-printed tote bag.
The process of turning plants into print can help you reconnect with nature, find a creative outlet and develop a mindful sense of presence. It also promotes an awareness of sustainable practices and how to reduce our impact on the planet.
Here are a selection of organic silks grown in Hertfordshire. We love to use these silks for natural dyeing as they pick up the soft botanical colours most effectively. These are unbleached organic silks in their natural, 'boiled off' state. Certified organic by the soil association since 2014.
This delicate silk is great for natural dye projects. It is often used as a lining silk and for T-shirts, lampshades, summer blouses or very light lingerie.
Width: 140 cm
A soft satin silk with a typically glossy surface and a dull back on one side. Ideal for natural dyeing projects such as women's lingerie, nightgowns, blouses, and evening gowns, men's boxer shorts, shirts and neckties and for interior furnishing fabrics, upholstery, and bed sheets.
Width: 140 cm
HOW IT'S GROWN
An orchard of Mulberry trees was established in Hertfordshire, UK, in 2011. Leaves from these organically grown trees are used to feed the silkworms, which them provide the organic silk cocoons. No detergents or bleaches as used in the production process of these silks, nor are the silkworms fed with hormone enhancements, as is common practice amongst many producers.
The silkworms start their life in an incubator, they need 10 days at a constant temperature to hatch. Silkworm eggs are the size of a pin top. Once the eggs hatch, the silkworms immediately start to feed on the fresh organic mulberry leaves, which are picked fresh off the trees – silkworms will die if fed with leaves not freshly picked on the day. The silkworms feed constantly, 24 hours 7 days a week, with no rest periods or sleep. They are fully grown by the 28th day, growing constantly into a long worm. Fully grown, they can be as long as 3 inches, and as thick as a pencil. On day 29, the silkworms start the second part of the cycle, which is the cocooning. Each worm starts to cocoon the silk it produces and wraps itself in the silk thread to form a peanut shape case.
- Our producer says: ‘our process is difficult, but it’s a labour of love. This is what makes our silk unique’. The silk is produced in the UK and distributed globally.
- 100% organic silk, boiled off and kept in its natural state, ready for dyeing or printing. When using these silks for your natural dyeing projects, please wash with ph-neutral soap only and air dry.
- Other customers include: Prada, Made in Goel s.c.s.pa, Cecillia Del Corpo, Gibo Co Spa-Via , Michael Kors, Roger Vivier, Rhianne Sinclair-Phillips, Minna Hepburn, Ayten Roberts, Sanyukta Shrestha, Samanta Pattinson, Manami Ikemura, Helen Van Rees, Limerick School of Art and Design, Sara Hays, Inner-Soul Organics, The centre for Sustainable Fashion, Ellen Wagenaar, Natalie Gesinn, Etheme Aromatherapies, Faith Damselfly, Garcia Ecoventures, Caiomhe Keane, Random Luxury Aps.