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tinctoriadesigns.com http://tinctoriadesigns.com Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:41:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Black Walnut http://tinctoriadesigns.com/dyes-and-natural-color-raw-materials/black-walnut/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/dyes-and-natural-color-raw-materials/black-walnut/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2009 20:50:08 +0000 jillnsam http://tinctoriadesigns.com/?p=114 Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) is also known as American Walnut. Walnuts have been recognizes as one of the oldest tree foods known to man, dating back to about 7000 B.C.. The black walnut is a hardwood tree that frequently grows to a height of one hundred feet with a trunk diameter of up to six feet. It grows in many of North America as well as Europe. Black walnut drupes contain jugloneĀ  (5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone) plumbagin (yellow quinone pigments), and tanin. The brownish-black dye was used by early settlers to dye hair. Extracts of the outer soft part of the drupe are used as a natural dye for and the tannins present in walnuts act as a mordant aiding in the dyeing process and are usable as a dark ink or wood stain.

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Tinctoria Fabrics and Fibers http://tinctoriadesigns.com/fabrics-and-fibers/tinctoria-fabrics-and-fibers/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/fabrics-and-fibers/tinctoria-fabrics-and-fibers/#comments Thu, 01 May 2008 22:53:04 +0000 jillnsam Tinctoria is committed to providing you with clothing that feels great on your body and in your mind. We chose fabrics for their luxurious feel, their drape, their durability and their low impact on the planet. Please click on the links to the right to learn more about the fabrics we chose to use to make our clothing.

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The Tinctoria Process http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/the-tinctoria-process/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/the-tinctoria-process/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2008 02:58:47 +0000 jillnsam Every Tinctoria garment is the result of a careful, loving and creative process. Working within our environmentally sustainable footprint , we make conscious choices about each garment’s design, materials, construction, and coloring to create individual garments that are as beautiful and unique as the people who wear them! The basic elements of our design process include:

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How-to Article #1 http://tinctoriadesigns.com/natural-clothing-natural-dyes-tips-n-tricks/how-to-article-1/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/natural-clothing-natural-dyes-tips-n-tricks/how-to-article-1/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2008 23:58:34 +0000 jillnsam This is a placeholder post for this category: your blog of articles and tips n tricks. Please replace this text under “manage” and re-save, and/or add more posts in this category!

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Design Process http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/design/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/design/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2008 20:31:31 +0000 jillnsam Oddly enough, we did not set out to be clothing designers. We fell in love with natural plant dye techniques and knew we wanted to apply them to something beautiful. We had little success finding “blanks” that we liked well enough to wear ourselves, so we chose to design our own.

Careful attention and positive intention is the beginning of every Tinctoria design. Some start with a garment, we think of something we would like to see on a body, ours or yours, and proceed from there. Other designs start with a fabric. We feel it, love it, and think of a garment that would be perfect for it. Either way, we place great emphasis on patterning basic clothing designs with the body in mind that can be used in combination with our natural dye work. We hand make each pattern and incorporate our own blocks and grading (sizing) techniques. We want it to be comfortable, we want you to be able to move and live well in it, we want it to be timeless, and we want it to look great on a variety of body types.

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Fabric http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/fabric/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/fabric/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2008 20:31:23 +0000 jillnsam We chose fabrics that you will love to wear. Sometimes it is because they are soft, sometimes it’s because they’re stretchy, sometimes it’s because they’ll last close to forever, but it’s always because they are kind to the earth. Soy is a by-product of the food industry, organic cotton doesn’t use any pesticides or fertilizers, bamboo grows incredibly quickly to maturity, and hemp is one of the most durable fibers and beneficial plants you can find. They’re all beautiful to wear and beautiful to work with and to dye.

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Soy http://tinctoriadesigns.com/fabrics-and-fibers/soy/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/fabrics-and-fibers/soy/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2008 23:54:49 +0000 jillnsam Henry Ford first talked of soy fibers in the 1940s and was photographed wearing the first known soy suit and tie. It wasn’t until 1999 that a technological breakthrough made mass production of soybean fiber realistic and economically sound. The invention was awarded the gold prize by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2003.

Soybean fiber is a sustainable textile fiber made from renewable natural resources. It is a part of an effort to move consumers away from petrochemical textile products and to turn waste into useful products. Soy fabric is actually made from the leftovers of soybean oil/tofu/soymilk production. Through a process called wet-spinning, the protein liquids are forced through a device resembling a shower head, called a spinneret, to make liquid soy. Finally, the liquid soy is solidified to make soybean fiber. After having their protein extracted, the remaining byproducts can be used as fodder or fertilizer. All auxiliaries used in the production of soybean fiber are of a harmless nature, and they are recyclable, making soy fabric production a closed end process.

Not only is soy fabric eco-friendly, it is so incredibly soft that some people call it “vegetable cashmere”. It has the same moisture absorption as cotton, but with better moisture transmission than cotton, making it more comfortable to wear. Soybean fiber has a stronger tensile strength than wool and performs almost as well as wool in terms of warmth retention.

Soy fabrics we use in your Tinctoria clothing:

Soy Stretch French Terry (9.6 oz)
This stretch jersey fabric is a blend of 53% soy, 43% organic cotton, and 4% lycra. It feels so soft and provides for a great fitting flattering garment. It’s a great winter weight fabric and also holds its shape over time.

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Dye Process http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/dye-process/ http://tinctoriadesigns.com/our-process/dye-process/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2008 20:50:30 +0000 jillnsam In 2001, Samantha attended her first primitive skills gathering and began to learn about the art of natural dying. She became enamored with this process and starting playing with the dyes on wool and other fabrics. The results of her early experimentation led us to seek out clothing items we would be able to dye with these gorgeous colors. Given the lack of great fitting, sustainably made clothing “blanks” available, we chose to design and pattern our own blank garments, using exclusively organic fabrics. Our timeless and basic organic fiber clothing designs have now become a staple of our art as well as our natural dye process.

Each Tinctoria design is sewn in it’s undyed natural state using our exclusive patterns. We then hand dye each piece in our dye studio using materials extracted from trees, roots, plants, and insects. Many of our hand crafted colors take 60 minutes to develop and must be “cooked” in pots on the stove. This means that we are often dyeing no more than two of our garments at any time!

Some colors, such as indigo, have a very different process and do not involve heat at all. Indigo dye craft involves dipping each garment into a dye vat anywhere from 4-7 times to achieve full depth of color with time to oxidize in between each hand dip.

We dye every garment where we live, literally. Our dye studio is in our home and we handcraft all the colors ourselves by mixing and overdying different dyestuff such as indigo, osage, cochineal, acacia wood, madder root and logwood. We love making clothing and creating color and the commute to work isn’t bad either! Every Tinctoria garment is made with love and gratitude. We know you have a choice and we thank you for choosing ethically made, low impact, handcrafted clothing.

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