The 2014 Natural Dye Collection was created using a special Korean silk/cotton blend fabric and the finest leathers we could source. All our fabrics were hand dyed in the countryside of Korea using a traditional dyeing method that dates back to the 13th century. We’ve utilized ingredients such as Korean persimmon juice, chestnut burr, sappan wood, gardenia seeds, knopper gall, indigo, charcoal, and ash to produce four unique colors. Originally used in Korean architecture, antique lotus rings were also adapted to function as handles and shoulder strap attachments for our products. All of our styles are hand made in Seoul in limited quantities.
The Natural Dyeing Process
First, Korean persimmon fruits are smashed until they become a pulpous juice and then mixed with cold running water. The fabric is then soaked in the juice and combined with various natural ingredients. After dyeing the fabrics, they are laid out on an open field for them to absorb as much sun as possible allowing the colors to come alive. This cycle of dyeing and drying is repeated every 3-4 days for 5 weeks. The fabric is also twisted and bound during the process to produce patterns and textures developed by varying exposure to the sun. Our hand dyeing process creates unique patterns in our fabrics, making each piece one of kind, with its own combination of color, texture, and cut. All our products are hand crafted in Korea using high quality materials in limited quantities.