Natural Dye Baskets
This collection of handwoven baskets are all hand-dyed using only natural materials, their beautiful natural hues achieved through foraging, pounding and mulching local grasses, tree bark, soil and even fireplace charcoal and soot. Prepared fibres like sisal, elephant grass and milulu grass are then boiled in large vats of water with the natural dye materials, though sometimes the fibres are buried in the ground next to tree roots to take on the desired colour. Creating natural dyes for weaving is a labour-intensive process, but an altogether worthwhile one. Choose from large woven planters in natural rust and terracotta tones and geometric striped storage baskets in ochres, blacks and whites. The added beauty of baskets using natural dyes from plants is that they create more sustainable work for more people, without producing any negative impact on the environment. Like every basket, each natural dye basket tells a rich story of the time and skill invested in its creation.