Gooseberry Tree Bark: A Natural Color Dye
"Maintaining one’s culture, values and traditions is beyond price" - GINANO LUI
weavers collecting plants from the forest
Collecting, preparing, processing, and boiling the plants in the dye bath.
The natural color dyes are inspired by natureThe Muezart team spent a week with a group of women in the Ri-Bhoi village. We were trained in natural dyes. Each day we were inspired and amazed at the color that comes from the combination of plants, mordants, insects, and minerals all collected from the forest.
Working Together As a TeamThe women from the villages come together as a community where they laugh and enjoy their work to continue to preserve this unique tradition of natural dyeing. The color of nature is beautiful in awe of what mother earth has to offer.
Weavers Carry on the Traditions of Their Forefathers
Kong B. Syiem and her weaving friends have now archived more than 40 natural plant-based dye colors.
The mordant used to make the color stick to the fabric is made from leaves and bark.
“I love discovering plants for creating dyes, I want to learn more it doesn’t matter if it takes a year learning is a continuous process” - Kong B. Syiem, one of Muezart's weaving partners
What is unique and different about the process of natural dyeing practiced in Meghalaya is that the artisans follow an “All Natural Color Dye” process.