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Old Market Manor, Barton Manor
Bristol, BS2 0RL

Artisan natural dye studio, using locally foraged and organically grown natural dyes, bio-regionally sourced cloth and paper and low impact traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. Offering limited edition gifts, bespoke services and a range of workshops to help creatives transition to using non-toxic practices and connecting communities with Nature using creativity as a medium.

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Buy organic silk grown in Hertfordshire. Ready for dyeing and printing. 

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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.

Paperback: £16.99


BRISTOL CLOTH

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Bristol Cloth available by the metre & 1/2 metre.

(140cm width) - £95 per metre

1/2 Metre Piece - Size: 50 x 140cm - £50 per 1/2 metre

Choose from one of the two finish qualities available:

1. A suiting quality finish similar to a light/medium weight tweed, from a cold wash and hot press. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

2. A soft and slightly fluffy finish from a cold wash. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 1st Edition - Available now - until sold out. (3-4 working days dispatch time). Now only available in our suiting quality finish.

Pre-order now: Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: Est September/October

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50g Hank Naturally Dyed Yarn

£14

We've recycled our madder dye "exhaust bath" from the Bristol Cloth production, to dye 50g hanks of our holistically farmed Shetland Romney lambswool yarn, to a dusty pink shade suitable for knitting.

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).

UK 4-ply weight (US fingering/sport), 150 metres per 50g.

2.75–3.5 mm needles recommended.

Woollen spun, 2-ply, medium twist.

Ideal for mittens, hats, scarves and jumpers.

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 1st Edition (sold out)

Pre-order now: Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: September-October

 
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Swatches of Bristol Cloth

£10 for 2 swatches, one of each finish.

Two small swatches of cloth for designers to reference for collections.

1. A suiting quality finish similar to a light/medium weight tweed, from a cold wash and hot press. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

2. A soft and slightly fluffy finish from a cold wash. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 1st Edition - Available now as long as stocks last - only in the suiting quality finish.

Pre-order now: Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: September-October

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).

 
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Scarf

£60

Measurements: 200 x 35cm

A generous size Bristol Cloth scarf, finished with fringed ends.

Made with Bristol Cloth and finished with a cold wash to give a soft and slightly fluffy quality.

With fringed ends. 


Blanket Scarf

£120

Measurements: 200 x 70 cm

A blanket scarf to keep you warm and cosy with style. Made with Bristol Cloth and finished with a cold wash to give a soft and slightly fluffy quality.

With fringed ends.

Throw

£245

Measurements: 200 x 140cm

An extra large size, suitable for throwing over your sofa and wrapping up in. Made with Bristol Cloth and finished with a cold wash to give a soft and slightly fluffy quality.

With fringed ends.

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: Expected September-October

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).

 
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Ladies Cropped Kimono Jacket

£295

A flattering ladies kimono jacket with a cropped length, made with the Bristol Cloth, finished with a cold wash and hot press to give a similar quality to a light/medium weight tweed suiting cloth. 

Made-to-order by Jokoto Tailoring in Old Market, Bristol.

Please send enquiries to: hello@botanicalinks.com

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Ladies Double Layer Kimono Jacket

£420

A flattering fitted trans-seasonal jacket, made with the Bristol Cloth (images currently show a different fabric), finished with a cold wash and hot press to give a similar quality to a light/medium weight tweed suiting cloth.

Made-to-order by Jokoto Tailoring in Old Market, Bristol.

Please send enquiries to: hello@botanicalinks.com

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).

 
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Bespoke Unisex Jumpsuit

£470

A playful statement garment cut & sewn in oB's Bristol studio.

A wide leg Jumpsuit, two roomy pockets in side seams, pleats at front & fastens with shoulder strap. Tailored & hand finished to your measurements, sleeveless/short sleeve style.

Made with the Bristol Cloth (images currently show a different fabric), finished with a cold wash and hot press to give a similar quality to a light/medium weight tweed suiting cloth.

The Bristol Cloth cut with stripes going vertically down the body.

Fully lined with UK grown organic silk.

Made-to-order.

Please send enquiries to: hello@botanicalinks.com

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).

 

 
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DONATIONS

Please donate any amount you feel to directly to the Bristol Cloth campaign here:

 

 

ORGANIC

UK-GROWN SILK


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. 

silk habotai

 

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

 

silk satin

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. 

ABOUT

- 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.