To wear plant-dyed clothes
I think it's the same as wearing nature
The spring lockdown earlier this year did give me a chance to do some much needed research into new products and collaborations. You can probably see that I adore Japanese textile brands - I stocked Tulip needles from the start of my business and was one of the first UK stockists of Cohana goods 3 years ago.
So I was so excited to find Maito Designworks on Instagram earlier this year - I was searching for natural dyeing accounts as I hope to develop a dye garden area at my new premises with the help of some local artists and volunteers.
Maito is a small brand that produces a range of goods created with natural materials and dyes. They operate through several retail outlets in Japan and collaborate with larger manufacturers to create high quality machine knitted and woven products. They are well known for their seamless, fine knit garments including fluid scarves and skirts and he softest hosiery and accessories. They also run many natural dye workshops.
Inspired by Japanese tradition, craftsmanship and nature, their products are designed to offer beauty and comfort to the body with their soft textures and natural colours.
Most of their collection is ready to wear, but they do produce the most delicious range of cotton stitching thread. Its is carefully hand-dyed by a craftsman at the workshop in Akizuki, Asakura, Fukuoka using extracts from plants, flower and fruits. It is a thick cotton thread, ideal for Kogin but has many other uses too.
As soon as I unpacked them I knew that I wanted to use some of the mouthwatering berry colours this autumn! So I've been trying out some hand stitching on a dress I am making. It's based on the Style Arc Patricia Rose pattern and is made from a linen/wool blend from With this Cloth. I plan on stitching a decorative band around the neckline and high waist band - now just to choose which colour!
I hope you enjoy using the thread and I'd love to see what you make. As well as hand stitching, you could also use it for fine crochet, tassel making, weaving - whatever inspires you! The soft gradation of colour will give subtle colour changes as you work.
You can find these threads in my shop here. I do hope you like them and I'd love to see what you make! I'll be revealing some more pictures of my dress here once it is finished.