Back to primary color theory! We first dye the yarn yellow and then it gets a nice dip in the indigo blue vat. Our yellow is a citrus yellow made from the outer rind of pomegranate mixed with myrobalan. For indigo we use Indigofera tinctoria - the source of the highly prized natural indigo dye that we think is the true crown jewel of the Indian subcontinent.
Our unexpected evangelist. “Just” the true natural, soft, creamy colour of cotton lint - so easily lost by weaving and treatment - and one we work hard to preserve at Malkha.
What it feels like
When you first touch our fabric, it will feel rough but rub it against your skin, or better yet, wear it, and it will surprise you with its graceful fall and softness. The colors that the Natural Dyes impart to the Malkha fabric are deep and vibrant - imbued with the richness of the earth. They vary from season to season, as fruits and vegetables do, and so each piece is subtly unique, changing its tone with the position of the sun and the quality of the water in the nearby river.
How it ages
Malkha fabric ages much like we do, the wear and tear matches the way you use and treat it. If you want it to soften and fade and become well worn and tell your story, like wrinkles do, treat it as you will and watch the colors fade beautifully with time. If you want it to always be vibrant, like the day it was made, we suggest you skip dry cleaning, laundry detergent and if you are able, even a washing machine. Use a non-detergent soap if you must or just give it a quick hearty rinse in cold water.