Green Matters works with designers and makers to produce the color they desire from plant materials. Send us your color standards and we will develop color samples for you to choose from. We will then proceed to dye yardage, yarn, or pieces that you provide. Interested in sustainable fiber? We can source ethical fiber for you through our network of fiber farms and suppliers. The nature of this dye service is to customize to the client and provide a unique product as suited to your quantity needs.
Natural dye lots are 100% unique each time. One cotton may not accept a dye the same as another cotton. The type of fiber also greatly influences how a dye will be accepted. Protein fibers, like silk, wool, cashmere, mohair, etc will accept natural dyes in deep, bold, saturated colors. Cellulose fibers will accept dye in neutral, light, soft tones.
Our service includes
- a pre-wash, called scouring
- a pre-mordant bath using metal salts and minerals to help the dye bind to the fiber
- the dye, this is sometimes done multiple times to achieve the desired depth of shade
- a calcium carbonate wash
- a final cold wash