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Natural Dyes

Generations of Color

Dyeing from natural sources is nothing new. Generations of people (mostly women) have been using these techniques way before chemical dyes were created. Natural dyes usually come from plant sources such as leaves, roots, bark, wood, fruits and vegetable peels. Also, other sources are used, like minerals, invertebrate animals or fungi. 

Thank You For Your Wisdom

Anima friends Lan and Tamay, women from the Black Hmong(Hmoob) and Red Dao(Mien)  ethnic communities of Vietnam, have shared their colourful wisdom with Anima during it´s beginnings.

Traditionally, the Hmong women dip stripes of cloth into vats of bubbling water with indigo dye. Then, with their tinted and experienced hands, they take the textile out and hang it to dry. The intensity and darkness of the colour will depend on how many times the textile was dipped in the vat.

Loreto, Anima founder, has also researched natural dyeing methods for alpaca and sheep wool, used by female artisans in Peru and Mapuche communities in Chile. 

PLANT DYES

INDIGO
LOGWOOD
MARIGOLD

BACTERIA DYES

CHROMOBACTERIUM
SERRATIA

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