Marigold Dyed Unisex Crew Socks - Natural Plant Dye on Organic Cotton
Unisex cotton crew socks, naturally dyed by hand using Marigold flowers to produce an earthy ochre color.
The socks we use are made entirely in the USA using US grown organic cotton.
Best fits women's shoe sizes 7-10, men's shoe sizes 8-11
Each naturally dyed piece is one of a kind, with a unique pattern that cannot be replicated. You will receive the exact piece pictured.
Natural Dye Notes
Our dyeing process includes plant-based tannin and metallic salt mordanting to ensure the best possible colorfastness and lightfastness. Natural dyes fade more quickly than synthetic dyes, but when cared for properly, the dyes we use can last for years.
Hand wash in cool water using a ph neutral detergent when needed. Lay flat or hang to dry. Some dyes are ph sensitive. Some darker dyes may temporarily stain skin if worn wet (in the rain, while sweating, etc).
To ensure your naturally dyed pieces last as long as possible and stay in good condition, we reccomend the following care instructions;
- Minimize washing to preserve color longer.
- When necessary, hand wash in cool water using a pH nuetral detergent, like Ecos. Many natural dyes are sensitive to pH levels, and using an acid or alkaline detergent may cause colors to change.
- Gently squeeze out excess water (do not wring), and lay flat or hang to dry away from direct sunlight.
About Natural Dyes
Unlike synthetic dyes used in most clothing manufacting, natural dyes fade over time. Like the organic materials they are extracted from, natural dyes have a life cycle that mirrors that of all living things. Our fabric preparation and choice of dyestuff ensures the lives of our dyed garments are as long and vibrant as possible while honoring the fact that all organic materials return to the earth eventually.
You can extend the life of your naturally dyed clothing by following the care instructions listed below.
Minimize washing to preserve color longer.
When needed, hand wash in cool water using a pH nuetral detergent.
Lay flat or hang to dry away from direct sunlight.
Our dyeing process includes a pre-mordanting step where fabric is bathed in plant tannins, then in metallic salts such as alum acetate. Mordanting helps the natural dyes bond with the fiber on a molecular level. This preparation allows for more vibrant colors and increased lightfastness, allowing each dye to live up to its full potential.
The dye plants we work with have been used for centuries due to their relative colorfastness (they fade slowly) and lightfastness (not prone to discoloration when exposed to direct sunlight). Some of these dye sources include: Avocado, Madder, Marigold, Weld, Osage Orange Wood, Oak Gall, Purple Dead Nettle, Logwood, Walnut, Myrobalan, Fustic, Cutch, etc.
Fugitive (Temporary) Dyes
There is a lot of misinformation online about natural dyes, especially regarding which materials are suitable for use as dye. Things like edible berries, onion skins, black beans, red cabbage, beets, and most flowers are not good sources for dye, They may temporarily color your fibers, but they will wash and/or fade out very quickly, sometimes withing a matter of hours to days. Because of this temporary nature, these colors are called "fugitive" dyes.
We want our dyes to last a long time, so we avoid using "fugitive" - or temporary - dyestuff. The last thing anyone wants is to create or buy a vibrantly colored item, only to find it fades away completely when worn in the sun, or with the first wash.