THE ALCHEMY OF NATURAL DYEING
Ancient natural dye techniques extract the alluring pigments of plants and flowers, emblazoning their tint and their spirit onto luxe organic silk fibers. Plant matter is laid directly onto fabric, then tightly bound to be steamed or immersed in a hot dye bath. The heat permanently transfers alluring imprints and colors onto the fabric. Colorful surprises and attractive abstractions occur in the dye process, making each item one-of-a-kind, painterly and alluring, as nature intends.
Flora Obscura creates beautiful pieces while maintaining sustainable practices from dyeing to production. Dye materials are salvaged from florists, harvested wildly, homegrown and attained from certified organic vendors. Our silk is naturally hypoallergenic and non-toxic. neither the production of silk nor the breakdown of the fiber release toxins into the environment. Our designs feature geometrical-based patterns which create very little fabric waste.
SELECT PIECES CAN BE FOUND AT /
135 Franklin St Brooklyn, NY 11222
169 S Highway 71 Arnolds Park, Iowa 51331
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR NOVEMBER 9+10 2019
MEET THE ARTIST
One must possess an experimental spirit when creating alchemy with plants and flowers. Alison Dahl Kelly is a natural dye artisan and designer working under the guise Flora Obscura. She creates one-of-a-kind textiles by adapting ancient natural dye techniques to combine with eco-printing: an organic process of laying flora directly onto cloth to be heated in an alchemical steaming process where a magical transformation takes place--the literal imprints of flora transfer permanently into cloth, creating luxe attire painted with botanicals.
The kimono is a prominent silhouette, a zero-waste design template ideal for displaying the harmony + discord of each uniquely flower-dyed piece. The one-of-a-kind collections celebrate the tiniest wonders of the natural world, emblazoning their tint and their spirit onto luxe organic fibers, enveloping the wearer in the uplifting essence and power of flora.