Naturally dyed wool

Tinctorial Textiles is a new step in the research on natural colours. A palette of 13 colours has been created and executed in semi translucent wool for panel curtains. The overlapping panels blend the colours into new shades.


Tinctorial Textiles is a new range of natural colours, developed in a close collaboration between Ecological Textiles and Raw Color, the Eindhoven based company of designers Christoph Brach and Daniera ter Haar. Their projects are mainly commissioned by the cultural and design related field. Philips future research department ‘Design Probes’, TextielMuseum based in Tilburg, art publisher and platform ‘Onomatopee’, fashion label ‘Ontour’, and the interior architectural company Merkx+Girod are among their clients.


For the colours we used the knowledge of ‘Rubia Natural Colours’, a dutch company specialised in the development of natural colour. The applied dyes are for one part taken from this companies palette and for the other part especially developed for this project.

Natural dyes

The term ‘tinctorial’ relates to most of the natural plants that are used for dyes. The colours used in the Tinctorial Textiles project derive from three plants:

  • Madder root (Rubia tinctorum) for the reddish hues,
  • Woad (Isatis tinctoria) for the blueish hues
  • Reseda (Reseda luteola) for the yellowish hues.

All dyes are purely applied in different concentrations to achieve more variations in colour. New shades are created by over-dyeing the fabric with two dyes, resulting in greens, purples and oranges.

Dyes from plants are authentic, unique and offer a broad colour spectrum. All colours are produced from a 100% renewable source, contrary to synthetic dyes that still use fossil oil – an ending source. From all arguments in the discussion toward natural colours and becoming a sustainable enterprise, this is the most important one. Natural colours simply don’t destroy the earth by not taking from it what we can never replace. Besides that, natural colours are bio-degradable.

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