Another discovery amongst others at the Green Showroom Berlin in July 2015 is Brazilian designer Flavia Aranha. Her design aesthetics are centered around a sensual approach to dyeing, that is consistent with nature.
The silk and wool she uses are sourced from small companies in Brazil that still weave skeins manually on wood spindles in the savanna. The sustainable dyes are developed from plants and other natural materials like bark, leaves, roots, fruits and more – for a 100% sustainable and biodegradable dyeing process. Like that each garment “restores a more human cultural bond with the entire production chain”.
Aranhas philosophy of respecting her environment with every step of making clothing does reflect very well in her collections, which actually seem to be one growing serial all together. Soft pastel colours and plain cuts in combination with smooth as well as rough-textured surfaces invite the female costumer to feel like home in her own warderobe. Moreover the designer beautifully combines patterns of different print and dyeing techniques. Her attempt to rescue remnants of silks with an upcycled patchwork dress was what drew my attention at first sight. If someone would not appreciate the slightly rural appearance of Aranha’s handcrafted clothes and some playful details immediately, there are still many modern pieces to find, that should even convince a rather progressive soul.
Unfortunately there is no more information provided on the website concerning the origin of the used fabrics, which also contain cotton or viscose. As certification is often too expensive to get for small businesses, it is even more necessary to explain where and how the textiles are made. Flavia Aranha appeared to us like an open and sensitive character though, who is not interested in a conventional production. As proof of her slow in-house manufacturing processes, you can find an insight with pictures here: http://flaviaaranha.com/FLAVIA_ARANHA/Flavia_Aranha_Atelier_EN.html
ARTICLES FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION
> How does the dyeing with colours of plants work? (COMING SOON)
> What problems evolve from conventional dyeing techniques versus ecological methods? (COMING SOON)
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