The home décor trends are flying high on natural, age-old fabric dyeing techniques and we’re excited to unveil this welcome surprise for you!
2018 has seen a revival in ethnic textiles, mixing bold textures and vibrant and earthy colors. With a move towards more conscious consumerism it makes sense to shop with a purpose and support local artisans that cherish tried and tested generation-old dyeing techniques that are much friendlier to our environment than their synthetic counterparts. One of the most popular natural dyeing techniques is indigo, a technique with a distinctive look that has everyone talking.
A collection of Slowstitch's indigo cushions
The Slowstitch Studio
One of our artisans in Northern Thailand, the Slowstitch Studio, create beautiful textiles made out of botanical natural fabric dyes and use traditional dyeing techniques. The majority of their products are made using natural indigo, which has a distinct blue (yes indigo blue) color, the same blue that is used to color denim albeit a synthetic version of the blue dye traditionally extracted from plants is more commonly used today in mass production. Serge and Ann, the team at Slowstitch Studio, met over a shared love for Shibori, a traditional Japanese technique that uses natural indigo dye and folding, stitching and compressing methods to create the intricate patterns you see on the cushions they sell through us at Local Bazaar.
Traditional Dying and Block Prints
Slowstitch Studio’s hand dyed Shibori technique and indigo color cushions are not only on-point with the latest trends of embracing traditional dyeing techniques, they also have bold geometric block prints that are currently oh-so-popular. Decorate your home with a selection of Slowstitch Studio’s throw cushions which come in two handy sizes, lumbar pillow variations and an array of different designs to play with. The indigo colors are in line with the darker color trends but still add sparkle with typical indigo style white accents.
Slowstitch are famous for their natural dyes and block prints
Other Popular Dying Techniques
Another fabric dying process to look out for is ikat which is popular in Indonesia, India and Japan as well as parts of South America. Batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique from Indonesia, is not only stunningly beautiful, a handcrafted batik piece is the ideal way to bring those sought-after global influences into your home. An unexpected addition in popular dyeing techniques is the resurgence of tie-dye. So, embrace your 80’s self and pull out that tie-dyed T-shirt and don’t be shy to welcome this flamboyant style into your home décor in the form of bedspreads, throws and cushions. You know you want to!