The Noble Souls upholstery collection has been coloured using special dyes that are 100% organic, extracted naturally from different plants, using dye extraction techniques that are hundreds of years old. These dyestuffs are then mixed with water to produce a stunning palette of authentic natural colourfast finishes.
Indigo dye finds its history embedded in every civilization, from India to Egypt, Africa, South America, Japan and China. Since the times of the Greeks and Romans it was valued as a luxury dye, and is among the oldest dyes ever to be used for textile dying and printing. The oldest known artefact of indigo dyed fabric is actually 6000 years old, discovered in Peru. The plant indigofera has been in use since then. Often referred to as Blue Gold because of its high value as a trading commodity, humans have been captivated by the colour blue as a symbol of power, authority, and the divine.
The colour palette of Noble Souls upholstery is created using varying concentrations and applications of vegetable based dyes. Indigo dye for blues, and gallnut dye for greys and blacks. No other artificial chemicals are used, and the China has a long history of using plant dyes which continues today, and its traditions and techniques been alive in a remote part of China for hundreds of years, shielded from modernity by its rugged mountainous terrain.
In China, indigo dye paste is called “Landian”, a unique form of Chinese indigo. In developing our own indigo for Noble Souls, Tim explored the use of natural dyes with makers who have received these traditions down through the generations, determined to preserve intact the completely natural and hand made essence of this tradition. And for Noble Souls, we combine the use of traditional Landian with a modern stonewashing treatment that lends the fabric a softness and colourfastness not previously achieved on commercial upholstery.