Botanical bundles

Experience the alchemical process of using botanical dyes from fresh flowers, to transform silk cloth & create herbal infused textile prints. Learn the contemporary "bundle dye" process, for direct application of plant dye colour, into cloth, using a simple steaming technique. Discover some of the healing qualities of the plants we work with and how they can influence our mood, health and wellness.

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The textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world, in which one the most environmentally disastrous processes is the dyeing of fibers and textiles of the clothes we wear. Chemicals are released daily in nature destroying the environment around us to satisfy the colour demands that we create as designers, industry and consumers. Very few options are being explored in this fast changing fashion, clothing and textile industry, in which the list of chemical treatments is only expanding. We are simultaneously trying to identify the real environmental costs we are paying and researching for less harmful alternatives.

The workshop was co ran by

Manufacture cph

Maria Viftrup


Collectively they gathered a small group to reside at Biologigaragen for a afternoon of learning, inspiring and creating.In the hope of using this future method within textiles.

People have used other organisms to dye clothing since prehistory. Archaeologists traced indigo derived from plants to a 6,000-year-old piece of fabric recovered on the coast of Peru. Aztec and Maya peoples extracted a crimson dye from insects on cactus and others in the Mediterranean made royal purple from snails.


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