Our favorite textile is linen, due primarily to its outstanding properties: a natural fiber par excellence, it is both resistant and supple. When dyed with vegetable pigments, linen develops fascinating intensities and chromatic depths that are infinitely variable. Following ecological production practices, it produces no waste and is grown only with rainwater. Its footprint on the environment is therefore minimal.
Each object is created through a long and slow process. The duration issue is essential, whether in the preparation of the fabric or the dyebaths. There is a correct time for producing each particular color treatment. If too short, there is little effect; if too long, the nuances and peculiarities tend to disappear. “Slow made” is also an integral part of artisanal know-how in creative handicrafts. It is, in our view, a necessary alternative to mass production and consumption.
All our objects are dyed with natural pigments. We select the rawest textile substrates so that the material is as minimally primed as possible. We then cut and rinse the linen, and then soak it in a bath for several hours prior to dyeing. This operation, called “mordancing,” is paramount in our production process. It determines the precise fixation of the pigment and the firmness of the colors. Once dyed, the fabrics are thoroughly washed and rinsed in order to remove excess material and avoid deposits.
Natural dyes can be both durable and delicate. They stand up well to handwashing (at 30–40 degrees Celsius) as well as to ironing, even at the high temperature linen requires. At the same time, they are light-sensitive. Prolonged exposure to strong or direct light will cause colours to change. Natural dyes evolve over time, particularly for wool, an organic, living fibre. But while colours may shift, they will be no less beautiful. Depending on the fabric, some may even become more vibrant with time. So instead of referring to “faded” colours, we call them “transformed”.