INDIGOLAND

The Noble Souls upholstery collection has been colored 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 colorfast 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 color blue as a symbol of power, authority, and the divine.

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The color 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 colorfastness not previously achieved on commercial upholstery.

Remote parts of China have been shielded from many of the influences of modernity, in part because of the rugged mountainous terrain.

In many places, traditional village life has been preserved, including their traditional craftsmanship practices.

Agricultural practices are passed down from one generation to another and represent a completely closed and sustainable ecosystem.

Everything is done by hand with simple tools. Here a handful of the indigo plant is shown freshly picked. This plant will simply be mixed with water to extract the dye.

The result of the steeping is an indigo paste – pictured here inside a gourde. It uses no artificial chemicals, just naturally occurring vegetable dye with the power to transform yarns into different shades of blue.

Once dyed, cloth is washed in the river, and hung out to dry.

Different hues can be created by varying the amount of times a fabric is dipped, washed and dried.

Fabric is then prepared for use, in the making of clothing and household supplies hat are at once durable, and completely natural.