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.]]>
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.
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.]]>