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 A natural dye ateliê, based in Lisbon, exploring locally available plant colors.

Tinctorium Studios is a creative tribute to nature through the art of natural dyeing...

...by exploring locally available plant colors as a sustainable alternative to synthetic pigments.

 

Our abundant planet provides us everything we need as long as we steward her resources responsibly. Using natural dyes across industries makes a strong case for environmental protection and the dynamic, living colors we will lose if we don't protect the environment. 

 

Since 1856 synthetic dyes have taken over the industry and caused serious environmental harm - particularly to our precious freshwater reserves. Through special collaborations with artists, designers, textile producers, and others, I hope to bring back this lost art and make dye processes natural again.

Growing color in a community garden in Marvila. Cultivando cor no jardim comestivel de Marvila.

#WearTinctoria 

#WearTinctoria is our in-house brand - creating one of a kind, naturally dyed, wearable art. We believe naturally dyed clothes to be important for three reasons:

1. The skin is your body's largest organ. What you expose your skin to all day, everyday matters. Each #WearTinctoria piece is made from natural materials and carefully hand-dyed using mineral salts and plant-based pigments. Instead of exposing your skin to toxic chemicals, you can wear medicinal plant colors. 

2. The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of freshwater sources. From growing the cotton required for textiles and applying synthetic dyes to the consumerist culture of fast-fashion, what we choose to wear has a huge environmental impact. 

Sourcing second-hand garments and scrap fabrics diverts textile waste and prevents the need to produce more. Natural dyes can hide discolorations and convert these pre-loved items into one of a kind pieces of wearable art that you'll treasure forever.

 

3. Plant colors are healing and regenerate our connection to the plants that surround us. I like to think of plant colors as physical representations of the sun - plants use the sun for photosynthesis and their colors are an embodiment of this exchange.  

When we wear naturally dyed garments we are wearing the plants' energy, holding on to their secrets, and developing a personal relationship. By wearing naturally dyed, we become more aware of the plants that surround us and look at the world with new eyes - finding beauty and utility even in the weeds. 

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