We use a range of natural plant dye materials and pigments to create our natural dye colors. If you enjoy imperfection and an appearance that can range from a tie-dyed effect to darker and lighter spots then Natural Dyes are a great choice. Natural dyes do tend to fade faster then the fiber reactive dyes but they have amazing wellness benefits and are hands down the most eco friendly. Natural dyes can easily be bleached by natural soaps, deodorants, and detergents and as such require more effort and mindfulness when worn and laundered. Acidic foods such as orange juice can remove natural dye colors if spilled on the naturally dyed fabric.

Natural dyes are as unpredictable as nature itself, so if you are looking for a deep saturation with little to no imperfections and easy wash and go we recommend choosing a Low Impact dye color over our natural dyes.

The Beauty of Hand Dyed Garments

Inconsistency and variations of color is to be expected and part of the beauty of hand dying organic fabric. This means our colors will shift from dye bath to dye bath and from season to season, based on the specific conditions when each fiber was grown. It is truly our joy to honor the Nature of Nature by allowing her to speak through our clothing in this way. Thanks so much for joining us and we hope you enjoy your one of a kind Gaia Garment.

Variations in Color

Below are clothing images of our Natural Plant Dye Color options on a range of fabrics, for even more examples click VIEW MORE IMAGES. We cannot create one color over another, or control how color may appear on your computer or mobile device’s screen so please expect a slight variation of the colors shown below. Colors will always look different depending on your computer’s color settings, the settings of the camera and light when an image was taken, and your individual color perception.

INDIGO

A range from light to med blue, similar in appearance to denim

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Indigo Vat Dyeing Method
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF INDIGO:
Profoundly calming to the nervous system and it promotes physical and mental Rest. Anti bacterial/fungal properties, immune stimulation ,skin detoxification & purification, blood purification. The color created with Vat Indigo balances the heart, stimulates the lungs, Liver, thymus, and lymph system.
INDIGO SOURCE:
Our indigo is sourced from India

 

SEAGLASS

A bright marbled blue, green, and yellow

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Fusticwood, Indigo
 POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF FUSTIC:
Powerful stimulant to the mental process. Increases alertness and cognitive abilities. Helps aid in digestion and dispels gloom. Associated with spiritual light and wealth.
FUSTIC SOURCE:
The dyestuff is the heartwood of a tropical tree related to the mulberry. It gives bright clear yellow when we mordant it with alum. The trees from which this dyestuff has been harvested have grown up wild in the Caribbean Island of the Dominican Republic. No tree is cut down for the harvest: only a large side branch is taken.
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF INDIGO:
Profoundly calming to the nervous system and it promotes physical and mental Rest. Anti bacterial/fungal properties, immune stimulation ,skin detoxification & purification, blood purification. The color created with Vat Indigo balances the heart, stimulates the lungs, Liver, thymus, and lymph system.
INDIGO SOURCE:
Our indigo is sourced from India

AMETHYST

A marbled purple, blue, and pink

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 INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Madder, Cochineal, Indigo
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF MADDER:
Powerful stimulant for the sympathetic nervous system, which deals with fight or flight stress, and increases Adrenalin output. Increases heart rate, blood pressure, and nerve awareness. Also associated with LIFE, love, sex, assertion, strength, and excitement.
MADDER SOURCE:
Madder is cultivated and grows wild throughout India, South East Asia, Turkey, Europe, South China, parts of Africa, Australia and Japan.
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF INDIGO:
Profoundly calming to the nervous system and it promotes physical and mental Rest. Anti bacterial/fungal properties, immune stimulation ,skin detoxification & purification, blood purification. The color created with Vat Indigo balances the heart, stimulates the lungs, Liver, thymus, and lymph system. 
INDIGO SOURCE:
Our indigo is sourced from India
COCHINEAL SOURCE:
Cochineal is a scale insect that feeds on the nopal cactus in arid areas of Mexico, Peru, Chile and the Canary Islands, and 85% of the harvest is cultivated by Andean villagers, employing an estimated 400,000 families with this precious cash cop.

ROSE

A soft earthy pink color

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Quebracho Wood
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS:
Powerful stimulant for the sympathetic nervous system, which deals with fight or flight stress, and increases Adrenalin output. Increases heart rate, blood pressure, and nerve awareness. Also associated with LIFE, love, sex, assertion, strength, and excitement.
SOURCE:
Quebracho grows only in the jungles of the Gran Chaco,an area along the banks of the Paraguay River. The entire tree, bark to heartwood, has a distinctive red coloration, and the wood is quite heavy and extremely hard. The name is derived from the Spanish quebrar, to break, and hacha, an axe. It is quite slow growing, and therefore is harvested selectively from tree farms that participate in reforestation efforts. Quebracho has a long history as a tanning agent and as a dye.  

SANDALWOOD

A light earthy brown with hints of orange

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 INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Sandalwood
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS:
Skin beauty enhancement, reduces acne, dark and white spots, calming cooling effect on the body and mind, metaphorical heart-opener, promotes a feeling of peace and serenity.
SOURCE:
As far as I have been able to learn, this is a recycle product, being salvage from the primary use of the trees for their beautiful and fragrant wood. Also, the species is not the rare Sandalwood of the Pacific Islands, but is a common tree in the area of India where it is harvested.

PEWTER

A drab grey with green undertones

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INGREDIENT
Alum Mordant, Pomegranate, Iron Rinse
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF POMEGRANATE:
This nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility, and eternal life.
POMEGRANATE SOURCE:
It grows wild in India, Italy, North Africa, and China.

 SAGE

A marbled green, yellow, and blue

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Pomegranate, Indigo

POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF INDIGO:
Profoundly calming to the nervous system and it promotes physical and mental Rest. Anti bacterial/fungal properties, immune stimulation ,skin detoxification & purification, blood purification. The color created with Vat Indigo balances the heart, stimulates the lungs, Liver, thymus, and lymph system. 
INDIGO SOURCE:
Our indigo is sourced from India
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF POMEGRANATE:
This nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility, and eternal life.
POMEGRANATE SOURCE:
It grows wild in India, Italy, North Africa, and China.

LOGWOOD

An earthy drab purple

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Logwood
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS:
The logwood color is known to slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep. Soothe mental and emotional stress and aids in detoxification. A wonderful color for meditation, contemplation, mysticism, spirituality and religion power.
SOURCE:
This exceptional logwood has been hand-harvested in association with Mama D.O.C.’s Logwood Project to help bring money and work to the natives of the small island. This Logwood has been harvested from the best old growth tree (70+ years) available. For the one tree that’s been harvested 10 have been planted. Special care has been taken to harvest and dry without aging and fermenting. Due to the attention it requires in production it is extremely rare. It produces excellent “Rust Red” colours and is what you need for making extracts. It has been quickly processed and dried to keep it’s anti-oxidant properties.

 Poppy

A Rich lightly Marbled Red, pink, and burgundy

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Madder, Cochineal
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS:
Powerful stimulant for the sympathetic nervous system, which deals with fight or flight stress, and increases Adrenalin output. Increases heart rate, blood pressure, and nerve awareness. Also associated with LIFE, love, sex, assertion, strength, and excitement.
COCHINEAL SOURCE:
Cochineal is a scale insect that feeds on the nopal cactus in arid areas of Mexico, Peru, Chile and the Canary Islands, and 85% of the harvest is cultivated by Andean
villagers, employing an estimated 400,000 families with this precious cash cop.
MADDER SOURCE:
Madder is cultivated and grows wild throughout India, South East Asia, Turkey, Europe, South China, parts of Africa, Australia and Japan. 

FOX

A lightly marbled terra-cotta clay orange 

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Madder
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS OF MADDER:
Powerful stimulant for the sympathetic nervous system, which deals with fight or flight stress, and increases Adrenalin output. Increases heart rate, blood pressure, and nerve awareness. Also associated with LIFE, love, sex, assertion, strength, and excitement.
MADDER SOURCE:
Madder is cultivated and grows wild throughout India, South East Asia, Turkey, Europe, South China, parts of Africa, Australia and Japan.

SUNSHINE

A very mellow earthy yellow

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 INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Fusticwood
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS:
Powerful stimulant to the mental process. Increases alertness and cognitive abilities. Helps aid in digestion and dispels gloom. Associated with spiritual light and wealth.
SOURCE:
The dyestuff is the heartwood of a tropical tree related to the mulberry. It gives bright clear yellow when we mordant it with alum. The trees from which this dyestuff has been harvested have grown up wild in the Caribbean Island of the Dominican Republic. No tree is cut down for the harvest: only a large side branch is taken. All heartwood from the center of this branch is cleaned and planed by hand.

BRAZILWOOD

A bright yet earthy toned pink color

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INGREDIENTS:
Alum Mordant, Brazilwood
POSSIBLE WELLNESS BENEFITS:
Powerful stimulant for the sympathetic nervous system,which deals with fight or flight stress, and increases Adrenalin output. Increases heart rate, blood pressure, and nerve awareness. Also associated with LIFE, love, sex, assertion, strength, and excitement.
SOURCE:
This natural dye comes from various leguminous trees, including lima, sapan, peach wood, quebracho and palo de Brazil. I use brazilwood to create a wonderful bright but earthy pink.