I've been meaning to write this post for a long time but never got around to doing it, who knows why. I want to talk about transparency & opacity.
I've always been transparent and honest about what plant I use for my natural dyeings. When you purchase a scarf from the shop, you know what it was dyed with. In the product description, it is not simply written "plant dyed" or "naturally dyed", you always get to know what it was dyed with exactly !
And I think it's the only way it should be. When you make the tremendous effort of sourcing & picking dye material and the material you will dye, then actually dye & then all the rest (sewing if it needs to, photographying it etc), it feels a bit weird not to let your customer know what you actually used ! There's no secret ! I haven't invented natural dyeing, neither all the natural dyers out there now & before me/us !!! Just an example, when someone dyes with indigo & sells these things dyed with indigo, you hardly see in the product description "plant dyed", you always see "dyed with indigo", and there's no secret ! So why not with the other plants ?! Why such opacity ?! Be true, dammit !
I know what it is to have a business & I understand the need to keep some things secret from potential concurrents. But keeping it secret from the buyer sounds terrible to me. I don't know, I'm maybe too honest & too spontaneous, but I've come to the realization that we're here (alive) for a short amount of time, so what the hell, why hiding such things ?!!
This afternoon I've been picking dye material. Osyris alba. Ooooops I wrote it ... I broke the secret ... everyone will want to go pick Osyris alba for dyeing now ! Everyone will copy me !
I mean, COME. ON. Want to dye with Osyris alba ? No problem, go ahead, go pick it & go dye with it if it makes you happy !
I don't want to sound rude or anrgy, because I'm neither of them. It's just something I've had on my mind for a long time & wanted to clearly express here. I've written this because I've noticed it from several sites/shops. As a buyer of a naturally dyed item, I want to know what it was dyed with.
If you decide to buy a naturally dyed scarf from CM shop, or an item (pouch etc) made with naturally dyed fabrics/fibers, you always get to know what it was dyed with, and it has always been dyed with fresh materials, that grows locally, that are not endangered & that have been foraged in really small quantity. (the only exceptions are avocado skins & onion peels that I consider as kitchen waste, but that can be dried & store away)
It has always been like that, and it will always be.
Now what's your opinion, as a buyer ? Am I truly nuts ? (you're allowed to say yes, I won't be mad LOL)