The first time I ever dyed something was in college.  And I swore never again.  Well maybe not swore, but I was determined.  All the cautions and warnings.  The instructions for disposing of the dye water, which was not simply allowed to be poured down the drain.  I was discouraged and disgusted.  Then, years later, for some reason which I cannot recall, I had the notion to try dyeing with turmeric and beets.  Because they both stain your hands dreadfully, why could they not dye fabric?  I had no idea what I was doing.  I almost ruined a pot in the process.  Fast forward some more years and I seriously began researching how to dye my own fabric.  I started with avocado and then moved to indigo and then kept going without looking back.  So here I am.  My journey down a path I would never have seen myself taking.  But the longer I am on this path, the more convinced of why I am dyeing naturally.

So much can be said about the toxic waste of the fashion industry and consumer consciousness.  However, that is a lot of responsibility to put on the consumer with each and ever purchase they make.  Ultimately it becomes a daunting and overwhelming task. And as the maker, ultimately, it is my responsibility to produce goods in the most careful, sustainable, conscious, and thoughtful way that I can.  For me that means trying to use resources at hand.  The waste (aka the stones and skins from avocados) from the food I consume, the plants I grow, the rain water collected (because why not...dyeing takes water), and the wild and free nature that abounds outside my doorsteps.  The dye vats when exhausted are used to water the plants around my home.  The dye materials are used in the garden as compost.  I line dry all the dyed goods (as I try to do with my own clothes weather pending) to conserve electricity and to take better care for the goods themselves.  From the start to the finish, I try to be responsible with that which is in my hands while it is. 


The goods I make are not just for a season but for a lifetime.  They are meant to be kept and loved and used for years to come.  But, should you tire of them, pass them off to someone else to keep and love and continue to use. 

I am always open to ideas and suggestions for continuing on a more sustainable and intentional path with LVR.  Thank you for your care and consideration in the goods you chose to buy.


Virginia Ruth

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