HERBAL PLANT DYING
Medicinal herbal dyeing is an ancient practice used among many cultures for centuries, a practice that supports the wellbeing of our planet and its people. At Alcana we use medicinally rich herbs, plant material, minerals and oils to dye our fabric.
Across India this practice is called Ayurvastra, originating from the Vedic traditions. This ancient technique employs the use of herbs and plants for treating various health problems through medicinal herb soaked cloth.
Our skin is the largest most absorbent organ on our body and what we put on the outside ends up inside.
At Alcana we use natural plant dyed textiles to make our clothing without the use of synthetic chemicals, protecting natural resources, workers and wearers.
THE HERBAL DYING PROCESS
The washing of processed cloth starts with removing sizing and oils used in the course of weaving by washing with natural mineral rich water and sea salts.
Fabrics are exposed to direct sunlight and use of a natural grass and manure starts the bleaching process.
Mordants are used to make the colour hold to the fibre, we use natural mordants such as myrobalan, oils, minerals, alum, and iron. There is no need to use heavy metal mordants like copper, chrome, zinc, tin.
Alcana uses only medicinally rich herbs and plants to dye our fabric such as turmeric, madder, indigo, myrobalan, sea salt, pomegranate and more.
The yarn or fabric is immersed in baths along with the plant material and soaked for a period of time.
In herbal dyeing, finishing is done by sprinkling pure water on the cloth and then stretching under pressure and applying aloe vera or coconut oil.