Eco- Dye is a traditional art. For thousands of years, people have been producing colorful fabrics from plants around them, such as roots, bark, leaves & wood.
Step 1 (wild foraging)
On clear Galilee autumn days, we usually gather colorful, fallen pomegranates in a small fruit grove. The colorful pomegranate, one of the fruits most closely associated with Galilee, symbolizes abundance and prosperity. These qualities will be embedded in your scented sachet.
We also gather fallen acorns from the majestic oak, the tree most closely associated with the Galilee, which symbolizes strength and power. These qualities will be embedded in your scented sachet.
Abbey Rotbart, Galilee Dreams Textile artist:
Step 2 (preparation of eco-dye liquid)
Slowly simmering the soaked pomegranates/oaks extracting the essence and their deep secrets start to appear in the dye vat, yielding beautiful colors.
The pomegranate liquid ranges from soft yellows to deep golds.
The oak liquid ranges from warm browns to greyish-blacks.
Step 3 (dyeing the cotton)
Your cotton sachet, which has been treated with various natural mordants to help modify the colors, is slowly soaked in the natural pomegranate dye, sometimes remaining there for a few days so that the cotton fibers of the sachet absorb the pomegranate’s colors to the fullest.
The Pomegranate dyed scented sachet is designed to remind us of the abundance in our life, symbolized by the colorful pomegranate. By dyeing the scented sachet with colors made from Galilee's pomegranate fruits, we embed into your sachet the qualities attributed to the pomegranate throughout the ages.
The sachet is dyed with Galilee oak trees' acorns so that the cotton fibers of the sachet absorb the oak's colors to the fullest.
The Sage-dyed scented sachet is an original gift designed to remind us of the wisdom in our life, symbolized by the powerful Sage- the Savior.