Herbal Dyeing 2018-03-05T08:06:06+00:00

Natural dyeing is a process of using herbs such as Turmeric, Pomegranate and others as natural dyes to provide colors to your clothes.The chemicals used in synthetic dyeing seep into run-off water after heavy rains and waterways. Pesticide residue has been increasingly discovered in foods, farm animals, etc.  We even feel the harmful effects of non organic cotton and fabrics in our daily lives. Irritated skin, rashes and even head aches and dizziness can be caused by chemical residue trapped in the threads of the fabric. livbio provides you with the best and purest form of organic cotton dyed with herbal colors molded into beautiful, soothing and comfortable apparels.

Natural Dyeing Process

Step-1: Desizing

 Just like Any other dyeing Process, natural Dyeing also starts with Desizing. The washing of processed greige cloth starts with removing sizing, gums and oils used in the course of weaving by washing with natural mineral-rich water and sea salts.

Step-2: Bleaching 

Fabrics are exposed to direct sunlight and use of a natural grass base and animal manure starts the bleaching process which makes natural dyeing process healthier.

Step-3: Mordanting

To make the colors bright and fast, natural mordants such as myrobalan, rhubarb leaves, oils, minerals, alum, iron vat etc are used. We do not use heavy metal mordants like copper, chrome, zinc, tin etc

Step-4: Dyeing

We use only medicinally rich herbs, plant material, minerals & oils like, turmeric, myrobalan, castor oil, sea salt etc for dyeing fabric or yarn. We have aspired to achieve and retain the medicinal qualities of the herbs by immersing the plant material directly in the dye bath for the same reason.

Step-5: Drying 

The dyed fabric is left in shade for a specific period of time for the natural drying process.

Step-6: Finishing

 In herb dyeing, finishing is done by sprinkling pure water on the cloth and then stretching under pressure, using hand rolls, aloe vera, castor oil etc.

Materials

Abundance of vegetation,  growth in spices, medicated plants and a pool of skilled laborers have the potential to bring India in the top most hubs of natural dyes. These processes also help the country to bridge the gap between farmers who produce the resources and the processing industry. Get to know about the varied range of colors extracted from leaves, seeds, barks, roots etc.

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