Inspired by natural dyes

Plant-based natural dyes

gooseberry tree bark is a natural mordant and dye color - Muezart

"Maintaining one’s culture, values and traditions is beyond price"

~ GINANO LUI

wild berries used as natural dye

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.

women weavers trek to the nearby forest to collect mordants and plants for dyeing.

weavers collecting plants from the forest

creating orange color from the annatto seed- bixa orellana

Collecting, preparing, processing, and boiling the plants in the dye bath.

annatto plant with seeds for plant-based dyeingannatto seed in the dye bath

The natural colors are inspired by nature

The Muezart team has been trained in plant-based dyeing.
We are amazed at the color that comes from the combination of
plants, mordants, insects, and minerals all collected from the forest.
plant-based colored eri silk yarn - Muezart

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

Weavers love to create natural color

“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.

natural plant-based mordants for fixing the dye color
What is unique and different about the process of natural dyeing practiced in Meghalaya is that the artisans follow an “All Natural” process.
The mordant used to make the color stick to the fabric are made from leaves and bark.
natural orange colornatural grey color dyenatural red color dye
turmeric dyed eri silk yarn

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