Published on July 6th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe2
Fab Fabrics: Vegetable Dyed Organics from Eden
When Eden Fabrics proprietress Rebecca Nolan saw our post on the importance of Earth-friendly dyes, she emailed me about a line of fabrics she carries dyed with plant extracts! She was kind enough to send a few swatches my way along with information about caring for these fabrics and the different plants used in the dyeing process.
These plant-dyed fabrics take a little bit of extra love. They recommend either hand washing or machine washing on a cold, gentle cycle. The washcare instructions also say to hang dry in shade and iron only on the reverse side.
These fabrics might take a bit of extra care, but they are so worth it! They’re a nice, light weight that would be perfect for making clothing or lining a bag, and the colors and prints are just beautiful! Here are the plant extracts they use to get their gorgeous color palette:
- Onion creates vibrant shades of orange, yellow, rust, and brown.
- Tumeric and Pomegranate produce shades of orange and yellow.
- Cutch yields orange-brown dyes.
- Indigo develops the shades of blue.
- Madder creates their ash pink, madder red, and sandalwood red.
- Haritaki is key in their harda cream, kesu orange, and leaf green shades.