Plant-based natural dyes
"Maintaining one’s culture, values and traditions is beyond price"
~ GINANO LUI
Discovering and creating natural dyes from what’s available in their surrounding is something that the women in villages Umden, Mawlong, and Margnar are proud of. Creating plant-based color is an heirloom knowledge that has been passed down from their forefathers.
weavers collecting plants from the forest
Collecting, preparing, processing, and boiling the plants in the dye bath.
The natural colors are inspired by nature
We are amazed at the color that comes from the combination of
plants, mordants, insects, and minerals all collected from the forest.
Working together as a team
The 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
“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
She 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 are made from leaves and bark.