Happy Spring Equinox!
As we move from winter into spring, we reach a special time of year known as the Spring Equinox. It marks the halfway point between the winter and summer solstices. On this day we experience equal amounts of daylight and darkness, and we begin to see signs of new growth and renewal all around us.
We can feel the air warming and light creeping back into our lives and it is pleasant relief. Our energy is returning in a different, more productive and focussed way. The air smells different as the soil and plants stir into life. Now it is believed to be the time to trust in the alchemy of the sun, the soil, water and air to fertilise your creations.
With that in mind we have been busy with a new creation for you... our shibori indigo dyed knickers. All the comfort and softness of our GMD classic knicker dyed with the botanical benefits of Indigo.
Natural indigo dyeing is a process that has been used for centuries to create beautiful, rich blue hues on fabrics. Unlike synthetic dyes, natural indigo is derived from the leaves of the indigo plant (Indigofera tinctoria) which is part of the legume family.
It has been found on the wrappings of mummies in tombs and was used by samurai warriors to dye their undergarments and protect any wounds they gained in battle from infection.
We love Indigo and chose it to dye our knickers for so many reasons…
Natural indigo is a renewable resource that is grown and harvested in many parts of the world. It requires less water than synthetic dyes and does not produce harmful chemicals or by products.
The colour produced by natural indigo dyeing is unique and cannot be replicated by synthetic dyes. The shade of blue varies depending on the fabric, the method of dyeing, and the amount of time the fabric is soaked in the dye.
Indigo natural dye is prized for its medicinal properties. The dye has been used to treat a variety of skin conditions and has also been found to have numerous health benefits particularly for the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritated skin and reduce redness. It also has antibacterial properties that can help fight acne-causing bacteria. Additionally, indigo natural dye is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to aging.
It has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including digestive issues, respiratory problems, and fever. It is also believed to have anti-cancer properties due to its ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
If that wasn’t enough, it has an ability to promote hair growth and prevent premature greying of hair. It is also believed to have a calming effect on the mind and body, making it a popular choice for aromatherapy.
Once you start working with Indigo you can definetly fall in love with it. The beautiful tones of blue you can produce are next to none and you get a real sense of reviving a bit of our history.
You can buy a pair of indigo dyed knickers here.