Natural dye

Lucila Kenny

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Most of the dyes we use are produced synthetically, or naturally made from plants growing in continents far away. Designer Lucila Kenny started researching on the tinctorial properties of local plants, from the seasonal waste, for a more responsible application of dyes on natural textiles.

With over 400,000 trees, Amsterdam is a perfect place to hunt for colours. Kenny harvests from fallen trees, but also uses plant waste from gardens, or even food waste.

The fabrics in the photos are all 100% organic cotton, dyed with Willow tree bark (Salix) and Common Buckthorn bark (Rhamnus cathartic), both harvested in Amsterdam, and avocado seeds (Persea americana). The mordant used are galls from Oak Tree.

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