What: Experimenting 5 different natural dyeing techniques, each on both synthetic and natural fibers
Why: Saving water, avoiding toxic dyeing substances, better biodegradability
How: Experimenting 5 different techniques, each on 2 different types of fabrics
Where: London, UK
This project was the continuation of exploring dyeing techniques for fashion applications, in alternative to the widespread polluting and toxic synthetic dyes. A selection of 5 different natural dyeing techniques was experimented on both natural and synthetic fibers, linen and rPET, to then compare the results. All fabrics were previously treated with a natural mordant, coherently with the choice of the technique.
Natural mordant applied to all fabrics: Tamarind seed coat
Fibers tested for each techniques: Linen, Recycled polyestrer
Techniques tested: Eco-printing, Ice dyeing, Direct dyeing, Easte extraction, Solar dyeing
Each technique had its own process, characteristics, and advantages in terms of sustainability, from the seasonality of the ingredients, to avoiding toxic wastewater, or the temperature range needed during the process. The result was a colorful fabrics collection, each with its unique pattern and design depending on the specific dyeing process and material fiber. We can observe how generally the linen samples resulted in a brighter and more intense color, compared to the rPET ones, showing more pale and delicate shades and tonalities.
1: Red Ochre - Direct dyeing
2: Rust - Eco printing
3: Eucalyptus - Eco printing
4: Rose petals and leaves - Eco printing
5: Lychee peels - Waste extraction
6: Mushrooms - Solar dyeing
7: Turmeric + yellow ochre - Ice dyeing
8: Black beans liquid + indigo - Ice dyeing
9: Avocado peels and seed - Waste extraction
10: Onion peels - Waste extraction
11: Betroot waste water - Waste extraction
Project conducted with Cassandra Quinn, Carolina Kyvik Ruiz, Kit Ondaatje Rolls, Marie Melcore - within MA Biodesign, CSM UAL
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