We employ seven dyers led by Made Maduarta, Komang Sujata, and Wayan Sukadana, who together bring over fifty years of experience to their natural dye practices, both in the studio and in the field. In the studio, they fulfil commercial orders with production practices that privilege quality, consistency and colorfastness. Their field work focusses on traditions that have degraded and are being recovered, documenting local dye recipes and processes, and testing them in the studio before taking suggested refinements back to the communities. In the dye garden, they establish cultivation and harvesting methods to address plant resource scarcity being faced by traditional dyers.
This combination of skill sets and experience offers designers the opportunity to make natural dyes by natural processes, with time- tested, colourfast traditional Indonesian dye recipes using plant dyes and plant mordants, and without synthetic modifiers. All our work is by-hand, from the scouring, through the dyeing and finishing. We can work with any commercial fibre that will take the dyes we use, including handspun handwoven cotton sourced from communities we work with, and fabrics sent to us for dyeing.