Secang plant - Red
For example, Purple can be obtaines from mixing Blue and Red, Green from Blue and Yellow, and Orange from Red and Yellow. Sometimes, tint of Brown can be added into the mixtures to give the colours a more earthly vibe which tend to coincide with the image of an organic lifestyle.
The intensity and shade of the colours are solely dependent on the craftsmen. Despite using the same material of the same tree, the coloring results may vary depending on the seasons and the weather of the environment. Therefore, it is entirely up to the skills of the craftsmen to develop dyes which are as homogeneous as possible. It is extremely challenging to produce dyes which are consistent since natural ingredients are variable unlike chemical dyes which can be controlled under lab conditions.
However, this is the beauty of natural products. No two pieces are exactly the same and each unique product brings with them a sense of individualism, as if screaming out loud the beauty of nature.
As we all know Bali does not have 4 seasons but there are seasons which are more humid, drier or hotter than the others.
Therefore, the dyes produced will be slightly different depending on the time of the year and the environmental conditions.
This is a craftsman who specialises in colors decoction from leaves. He has to maintain the suitable firepower and handle the dyes meticulously amongst the broiling sun.
The mixture of dyes is an extremely important process which needs to be carefully handled. One slight carelessness might spoil the overall effect of the dyes!
The workers dipping plain white organic cotton cloths into the yellow dyes extracted from Mango trees.
In order to achieve a mustard yellow shade, brown dyes extracted from Mahogany leaves would be added into this yellow dyes to achieve the desired colour.
This shows the dyeing process using a navy dye.
In order to create a deep navy color, the workers have to repeat the entire dipping and washing process multiple times.
This is the filtration system of the factory.
This is an environmentally factory which plays its part in ensuring minimum pollution in its manufacturing process. They make it a point to filter off the wastewater before release it out into nearby water bodies.
Currently, there is an increasing number of international brands collaborating with factories as such in Bali. Even though wastewater infrastructures are not fully developed yet, the situation definitely looks promising. At least, people are recognising the value of the natural resources in Bali and using it sustainably. However, it is important to note that many factories are still not well equipped with proper water treatment facilities and this might result in detrimental consequences within the Bali ecosystem.
Over here, we want to remind all of you that it is vital to be conscious of your purchasing behaviours. We should always make it a point to buy wisely and support brands which are conscientious of their production practices.