Our Interpretation of natural dyes are colourings made from parts of the tree to earthy matters provided by mother nature.
Colour In Nature
Historically the trees are providers of ingredients for natural dyes from the roots to the leaves, and anything in between such as tree barks, seeds and fruit skins.
It is a tiresome exercise to get the colours required for the garment by the designer because of the seasonality and availability of the ingredients. For stronger colours, it is not uncommon for the yarn to be dyed multiple times to get the wanted effect – it truly is an art requiring patience and stamina.
In the terms of Lord Gautama Buddha, the Buddhist monks used saffron seeds to dye salvaged fabrics into monk-robes whilst the ones who cannot procure such seeds used the reddish earth for their robe dyeing.
The Longyis from Yaw district are also well known for their strong dark black colour
which is derived from a locally grown tree unique to the district. The making of fixatives to hold the colours you have just dyed has also attracted interest from natural fabric enthusiasts. In Myanmar, some of the most commonly used fixatives can range from ashes of burnt trees and rice husks, salted water. liquefied iron rust and lime stone powder.
Amara Khit is committed to promoting and sustaining the traditional weaving and dye making by working only with like minded community groups.
It is from our experience that some of chemical can cause skin irritations for some and it adverse effects on the environment especially as pollutant to water. Amara Khit uses fabrics with the natural dyes which give warmth during winter and a sense of coolness during hot summer days.