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Textiles with a purpose
At Slowstitch Studio we are passionate about keeping the art of natural dyeing alive. Each one of our works is individually hand-dyed at our studio using a blend of various techniques. Through our work we strive to continually push the boundaries of our craft by combining the precious knowledge passed down by the craftsmen of ancient times together with innovative methods informed by more recent scientific discoveries.
By purchasing from us you help to keep these traditions alive for future generations.
The colours you see on our works are extracted from various leaves, fruits, barks and other botanical sources. After being simmered for several hours at specific temperatures these dyes are fixed using mineral salts to our range of premium silk, linen, hemp and cotton fabrics. In this way the plants are gradually coaxed into expressing a range of beautifully gentle colours that calm and soothe us.
We take pride in using these methods that embody our commitment to sustainable practices and emphasize the value of craftsmanship.
Authentic handmade stitch-resist shibori
Our patterns are crafted using one of the most ancient techniques of patterning cloth known to mankind - shibori. The work involves many hours of meticulous stitching of cloth, pulling of threads and compression of fabric to create hundreds of minute folds. These folds shrink the cloth into a small bundle and create the desired designs by restricting absorption of natural dyes to specific areas. After a long day at the dye vats the stitching threads are cut, the cloth is unfolded and the pattern is revealed.
This time consuming process ensures that each and every piece is entirely unique. Designs can never be perfectly replicated and there are infinite variations in a single pattern. This innately unique characteristic of our work that reflects a personal touch of hands, time and soul is what makes our textiles special.
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