Our Sustainable Natural Dyes

*Please note that as our colors are natural and each garment is hand-dyed, no one else will have the exact same color as you! Though natural dyes are environmentally friendly, protective to skin and pleasing colour to eyes, they are having weaker bonding with textile fibre materials, which may lead to slight color changes when sweating or rubbing and leaching of colors, so it is recommended to use it with dark clothes or backpacks. We also recommend washing your clothing as little as possible, to make sure the unique color lasts longer. To find out more, see our Alpaca Wool Care page.

Red by Cochineal

Cochineal is a scale insect that lives parasitically on the pads of the prickly pear cactus.

How do we do it?
The insects are harvested from the cacti, dried out and ground. The resulting powder contains carminic acid, which is boiled in water before the yarn/fabric and mineral salts are added.

Blue & Turquoise by Indigo

Indigofera tinctoria is a plant from the bean family that grows around the world. The oldest piece of fabric dyed with indigo was found in Peru, from around 6,000 years old.

How do we do it?
The leaves are soaked in water and then left to ferment, converting the naturally present chemical, indican, to indigoton, the blue pigment.

Silver & Charcoal by Maiz Morado

Purple corn - or Maiz Morado, as it's known in Peru - is a kind of maize with hard, deeply pigmented kernels. It originated from and is grown across northern South America.

How do we do it?
The corn kernels and husks have a high concentration of chemical compounds called anthocyanins. When boiled in water the deep purple colour is released.

White by Alpacas

There are around 22 natural colors of alpaca fiber, but white alpacas are the most commonly bred, due its versatility.

How do we do it?
There's no extraction involved here: the wool is naturally white! Once the fleece is sheared, trained fiber sorters, classify the fibers by diameter and color.

Follow our care instructions to ensure your garment lasts as long as possible.