Art Dyed Bombay Dream
Art Dyed Bombay Dream: “A festival of rich purple and magenta, which can be made on white or natural linen. A shibori dye technique is initially used to achieve the pattern, the fabric is then overdyed to create a soft, glowing look. Stunning and unique when wrapped. 180gsm.”
Bombay Dream was part of the stock that went live with the launch of the website on 8 June 2011, so it’s one of the earliest Oscha’s. It may have been one of the wraps sent out as testers, but I haven’t found confirmation for this. Art Dyed Bombay Dream is very similar to Bombay Sky but without the white pinpricks.
Oscha has art dyed wraps on fine English and Irish linen and linen/cotton blend (20% linen) as well as 100% cotton diamond weave. They are all lovingly hand dyed by Vicki Masters aka ‘Nana Oscha’, which makes every wrap and ring sling unique.
“The linen for our art and gradation dyed slings is sourced from a traditional manufacturer in Ireland, where it is woven on a famous old loom. Irish linen is amongst the finest in the world, with its finely spun yarn, its softness and strength. We then hand dye the linen using high-quality dyes to ensure long-lasting vibrant colour.
Our Irish linen is sourced from a traditional manufacturer, and woven to the highest standards. Irish linen is considered to be the best available. It is strong, durable and finely spun. The result is a wrap that supports wonderfully, wears remarkably well, and once broken in, feels silky soft. It also looks great when worn.
Of all textile fibres, linen is one of the most ecologically sound. It needs less fertilizers and pesticides than most other crops – it is low input and therefore more environmentally friendly. It is also renewable with a short growing cycle and every part of the plant is used. Flax fibre is stronger than cotton fibre and its properties were recognised as early as Phoenician times when it was used to make linen sails.“
A note on the Art Dyed slings on Facebook, 17 March 2012: “Please note that whilst our Irish linen ‘Art’ wraps are currently showing as out of stock it is possible for us to dye these to order, so long as we have some linen wraps ready. Its also possible for us to create new colourways (using two or three colours) if you have an idea of what you’d like. They can then be overdyed to create a smoother effect (like Bombay Dream) if you prefer that. Although bear in mind that the overdyeing will change the colours significantly and adds a little to the price. We currently use two main techniques – one creates a regular pattern (the areas of colour can be smaller or larger depending on your preference) and one creates a mottled, fade coming from each rail and a different central colour (like Spanish Sunset).”
Note: Since 2014 English linen has been used for the dyed grads. While Oscha may be most famous for its jacquard patterns, art dyed slings have always been a part of the in stock items on the website. They are very nice for warm (or even hot!) summers, keeping you cool like no other fabric will. Read more about the dye process on Oscha’s blog.
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