How does it work ?
Once ripe, the flowers are dried and then placed in water to create the dye that will be used in the dyeing process. But the longest job is not done yet: The most difficult thing to process is the material that will receive the paint. It can be cotton, linen, hemp, but also all animal fibers, such as silk, wool or leather. We will make sure that the infusion or decoction penetrates through all the fibers. It also depends on what you will use it for and which plant you use. It’s a very subtle art, you have to find the right recipe to make the color last “, points out Élisabeth Soulas, inexhaustible on the subject.
The association 36 z’arts can count on its volunteers for the recovery of textiles as well as biowaste (onion peels, avocado peels, etc.) from experts and individuals.
The association also has an educational section and organizes events and workshops on vegetable dyeing. By this fall, 36 z’art will set up a small factory near its garden (it already has one in Pau).
She is currently looking for “vital forces and patrons” to sustain her project. The call has been launched!