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Plant dyed tote bag - Dock
Naturally dyed organic cotton canvas tote bags.
These tote bags are part of my local dyes project and are dyed with dock leaves from the orchard and meadow here.
Plant dyeing is a slow process. First the dock leaves are gathered and simmered for a few hours and steeped overnight to release as much colour as possible into the dye pot. The bags were washed, scoured and mordanted with bramble leaves, and then dyed, cured, washed in an eco detergent, dried, pressed and packaged.
There are two colour ways, a light taupe which came from different batches of leaves* and a grey where the dock was modified after dyeing with iron water.
The finish on the bags is soft and subtly shaded - like a well worn pair of jeans, the colour can be uneven in areas.
They can be washed on a low temperature setting in a washing machine or by hand with non bio eco detergent - do not use detergents that might strip the colour.
47 x 40 cm with 40 cm handles.
*Dock's tap roots absorb minerals and metals from the soil so the leaves reflect this in the colours they bring to the dye pot.