Women's Limited Artist Series: Topanga Eco-Print

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Limited edition artist made. Rooted Botanics grows, dries and presses all of the plants used to dye these tees. Each tee has a unique pattern. Scroll down to learn more.

  • Fabric: 100% organic cotton USA grown

  • Origins: Organic cotton grown in the USA, yarn spun and knit in the USA, sewn in the San Francisco Bay Area. Entirely USA domestic supply chain. All of the flowers and leaves used to eco-print were grown in Rooted Botanics' garden in Southern California

  • Color: Eco-printed

  • Questions? We would love to help hello@harvestandmill.com

The work of Rooted Botanics

The Artist

Rooted Botanics is a synergy of ethnobotany, traditional craft and art. More than a business, their work tells a story about the history and culture of natural dyes and the plants that are all around us. Yearning to create a lifestyle that could support the artist’s long-term dream, Rooted Botanics began with an idea to bring new life to vintage clothing through plant dyes. This dream and work continue to evolve. Her passion for a craft rooted in history and culture has driven the founder, Allie, to step into her role as not only an artist, but as a teacher as well. Through continuous learning, observation, and experimentation, her art has transformed into many mediums such as eco-printing, paint making from plants, dyeing with native plants, mushroom dyeing, and more. 

The Process

All of the flowers and leaves used to eco-print these tees were grown in Allie's garden. The process of creating each tee is slow and intentional. It starts with collecting the flowers as they grow throughout the season, pressing them in a plant press, and storing them to be used for eco-printing. Once the plant materials are ready, she returns to her studio to pre-soak the tees in a mordant bath to ensure that the flowers stick to the fabric. The foraged plants are then carefully placed onto each tee in a design. The tees are rolled up on a dowel and steamed for 40 minutes. Each tee goes through its own process, each with a unique flare.

The Plants

Giant Leaf Coreopsis

This flower grows wild by the ocean on the cliffsides of Malibu. It has a sweet divine smell and blooms only in the months of March and April.

 

Rabbit Tobacco

The plant smells like maple syrup and grows lavishly amongst the oak woodlands in Topanga. It is a beautiful and hardy plant to eco-print. The flowers are a beautiful yellow color and the stems a sage green. 

 

Coreopsis

Coreopsis is a well-known dye flower and is great for eco-printing as it has a very high colorfastness. Its stems, leaves, and flowers give the most crisp beautiful print on fabrics.

 

Marigold Leaves

Marigold leaves are great for printing and these ones in particular leave the coolest print with little tiny dots as its outline!

Learn more about Rooted Botanics and their work here.