Materials & Care
We believe that the colors that the earth can provide us for dyeing are more brilliant and beautiful than synthetic dyes. It was only since 1857 that artificial dyes were introduced to textile manufacturing, but in that short amount of time are a major cause of pollution to land and water.
We make sure our dye stuffs are from trusted sources that get their materials ethically, grow them ourselves or use materials otherwise deemed as waste, like avocado skins or onion skins. We cook with color and the process is time consuming, but the results are seasonless and gratifying.
Due to the handmade nature of dyeing, variations can and will occur. We encourage you to embrace them.
Some dyes we often use are logwood, madder root, indigo and black walnut.
We introduced ceramic components into our jewelry work as an alternative to metals, but also love that they give a weight and don't fade or tarnish. Also, the textural dialogue between clay and fibers is a beautiful thing.
Ceramics components are often made from white earthenware or speckled clay. They are stronger than other types of clay and hold up to everyday wear, but keep in mind, ceramics can be fragile and can break. For traveling, we recommend putting them in box they came in or wrapping the item in some clothes.
The fibers we most often use are mercerized cotton, pima cotton, linen and silk.
Sometimes stains happen and for spot cleaning, we recommend using a little soap and water to remove stains and dabbing the stain. I've been told from customers that the Tide To Go Stain stick also works. It may remove some of the natural dye of the jewelry depending on the color so please be aware.
The majority of the metal components are vintage brass. For earring posts, we use sterling silver. 14K gold is available upon request.