The human impulse dye with plants is ancient and universal; a folk tradition dating back thousands of years, across many cultures. We are new practitioners of this old heritage skill of natural dyeing. We embrace our cultural inheritance as Indian natural dyers, but we also love the innovations that are possible by connecting to imaginative dyers all over the world via the internet. At Adiv, we blend together heritage traditions with new practices to create living colors-ever-changing yet grounded in history.
At the Adiv studio, dyers are frequently encouraged to innovate and experiment with materials to create stunning, original textiles. Our designs come from imagination and enthusiasm. Sometimes, our most exciting innovations come from our mistakes! Pins, clothes peg, paper clips, peas, lentils--whatever is at hand--can inspire the dyers to create remarkable designs from the most surprising things.
Here are some techniques featured in this collection.