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How Our Plant Dyed Organic Cotton Sheets Are Made

How Our Plant Dyed Organic Cotton Sheets Are Made

by Lisa Levi August 26, 2021

We are head over heels with our Plant Dyed Organic Bedlinen range, and all the benefits it brings to our health, our homes and the planet. Who would have thought it was possible to snuggle into beautiful cotton sheets painted by nature? 

So much goes into making sure that our plant-dyed range is crafted ethically, organically and completely free from chemicals to help you get the best night’s sleep possible. If you’re keen to find out more, keep reading! Here’s how it’s done.

What is natural plant-based dye?

Simply put, it is when colour is naturally extracted from plants. This is different to general dyeing practices which use conventional colour dyes and processes. With this natural process, the colour is derived from different herbs, plants or vegetables to create specific colours that are all completely chemical free.

You select the right herbs, plants or vegetables that have an excellent degree of good colour fastness (so that colour is not lost through the washing process) and then extract the pigment to create a natural dye. 

This plant dyeing process originates from early China, and involved four basic steps of Boil, Ferment, Isolation and Dyeing. Nowadays, the basic principles of this ancient practice works alongside modern technology, assisting to achieve an even more superior result. 

How are plant-based dyes added to Pure Zone Bedlinen?

The Pure Zone range of Plant Dyed Bedlinen is made of 97% Organic Cotton and 3% Silk. The Organic Cotton is 100% certified organic, grown and sourced ethically, with no chemicals used in the process.

Silk is added to the process as this material successfully absorbs plant colour derivatives. The plants are absorbed in water to create the colour. Once the water is coloured, the natural silk fibres are dipped to absorb the colour. The plant dyed silk is then woven into the organic cotton to create the finished fabric. 

The entire process uses no chemicals on the fabric, providing a hypo-allergenic and purely organic product to the end consumer.

Which plant extracts do we use to create Pure Zone Bedlinen colours?

PINK
Safflower and Madder
Chinese names: Hong Hua and Qian Cao
What are their health benefits?
The functions of these herbs assist with lower levels of inflammation and skin sensitivity. Madder’s roots make a bright red dye that is used to create a subtle pink hue.

BLUE
Radix
Chinese name: Ban Lan Gen
What are their health benefits?
The function of this herb assists with regulating body temperature.

GREEN
Tumeric and Radix
Chinese names: Jiang Huang and Ban Lan Gen
What are their health benefits?
The functions of these herbs assist with stagnation of Qi and Stasis, detoxifying and encouraging rest.

GREY
Myrobalan and Tea
Chinese names: He Zi and Cha Yi
What are their health benefits?
The functions of these herbs are hypoallergenic and assist in keeping the body cool, assisting with temperature control when sleeping.
 

 

Which products at Pure Zone are plant-dyed?

  • Sheet Sets (Fitted Sheet and Flat Sheet plus Pillowcases)
  • Quilt Cover Sets (Quilt Cover and Pillowcases)
  • Towels (Bath Sheet, Bath Towel, Hand Towel and Face Washer).

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