I came back from my recent trip to Jaipur in India with a colourful indigo obsession. The Japanese art of Shibori dyeing has been trending for a while and Noon Design Studio popped onto my radar this week. Imagine my delight!
Keen to read more? Then continue after the jump…
Noon Design Studio creates vivid, dynamic naturally-dyed textiles using ancient recipes and modern technology. Natural dye is a wonderful mix of art and science. Their Los Angeles studio is where the alchemy happens. Working with roots, minerals, flowers, leaves, and other botanical matter to develop rich hues, their core belief is that every product they make should be able to be buried in the backyard at the end of its life. I find that truly inspirational, given the fragility of our earth in our generation.
A little more about Noon Design:
Noon Design was founded in 2010 by Jane Palmer in her garage in the Beachwood Canyon neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Since then, the studio has moved into an airy, light filled space in the heart of the garment district of down town Los Angeles. All of our natural dyeing happens in house in carefully modified-for-natural-dye-use equipment, or by hand in one of several indigo vats. Our dye house works to develop rich hues, obtained via roots, bark, flowers, wood, leaves, mineral powders and even two parasitic insects on natural fibres such as organic cotton, hemp, linen and cashmere.
images by Nancy Neil via Noon Design
A bit more about the art of Shibori:
Shibori is a Japanese term for methods of dyeing cloth by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, and compressing. In Japan, the earliest known example of cloth dyed with the shibori technique dates back to the 8th century where indigo was the main dye used.
Noon Design even sells an indigo dye kit if you’re keen to try the Shibori technique…
check out these brilliant Shibori DIY’s for inspiration…