The gardeners are fighting back against toxic chemicals used by the fashion industry – using plants for dyeing clothes.
Gardener Lottie Delamain created the garden for activist of the Fashion Revolution at Chelsea flower movement show using plants that can be used to make fabrics and dyes. She’s so into experimenting with using plants to make dyes for clothes, which she dyed a lot of her own clothes using flowers and even tree branches from your plot in home.
The fashion industry is responsible for up to one-fifth of industrial water pollution in in world and much of it’s from the chemicals used to dye clothes. Many dyes are used in clothes are carcinogenic and in large quantities can make river water toxic to aquatic life.
Plants were traditionally used to dye clothing, before the advent of of synthetic chemicals, and are still used in many parts of in world.
“We were inspired by the trip I took in where i saw vietnam women grow plants to dye and make clothes right next to their vegetables”, Delamain says, adding: “but more as well as more we using petrochemicals to make our clothes and it’s such a shame. So it’s about a reminder people that clothing has historically come from plants and is trying to make them feel that connection again”.
her garden full of flax that can be made into fiber for clothes, but she has also included many plants that can be used to dye clothes and some of them are quite amazing.
Pointing to a woven sculpture made of thin, flexible twigs of willow, she says: “Willow gives a lovely pink that you don’t expect.”
Garden also includes a large textile installation created by using fabric she dyed using plants.
When Delamen took on this garden challenge she didn’t realize she was going to be a convert, do it yourself-dying her clothes with plants.
“It great way to make your clothes last longer, she says. “I have a shirt that I will wear next the week I bought from a charity shop. I don’t like color so i dyed it with plants in garden in give it new life.”
The process is amazingly simple. “You literally get leaves, throw them in pot, put down your t-shirt in as well as off Your turn. Some plants are permanent on their own, but for other you add stain, which fixes paint for clothes”.
Delamen recommends others give it goes “It’s really fun and you’ve taken the time to color your own top, you’ve got some of a story about it and it’s so nice. A little more wonder what just buy something at Zara.
This trend is not just garden designer messing around in her barn – while exploring the garden, she realized that this movement is part of of growing trend.
“We have made connection with food and where our food comes from and I think next thing that people start to wonder what in their clothes and where they come from.” – Delamain says.
“During last year or how long i work on this i stumbled upon massive group of artisans, dyers and people who are experimenting with plants”.
Method also prolongs life of garden plants because they are not need for use on their primes when removing heads new growth, these clippings can be used in paint pot.
“His easier Dispose of of clothes made from natural fabrics and dyes, adds”so that you know that’s what you are wearing came from earth – and goes back to earth”.
Natural dyes – plants for dyeing clothes with
The peel of a brown onion can transform clothes yellow
welding also creates a beautiful, strong yellow dye
Willow branches can make clothes pink
tulips produce bright green
Mallow can stain clothes brown
Roses and lavender make clothes pink
Hibiscus creates a beautiful purple color.