Passion Lilie’s products are all made with sustainable dyes. We believe it is important to use sustainable dyes to protect the makers behind each of our products and the environment.
Our organic dyes are GOTS certified and in comparison to vegetable dyes, they do not fade and the color stays bright over multiple washings. While it is a synthetic dye, organic dyes are an eco-friendly option. With organic dyes, we use a water-based binder, so no harmful chemicals are used in the process. This ensures that the fabric is safe to wear and safe for the environment throughout its life cycle. Most of our block printed apparel and some of our accessories are made with organic dyes.
Plant & Vegetable Dyes
Plant and vegetable dying, also called Kalamkari which refers back to the ancient art of hand painting garments, uses all natural elements such as fruits, leaves, bark and vegetables found throughout the state of India to create the dyes. This type of dyeing requires time, experience, attention to detail and good weather! From the pre-treatment to the finishing of the fabrics every step of the process uses natural elements found in nature. Some of our scarves and tote bags are printed with plant and vegetable dyes. Read more about this process here.
Azo Free Dyes
Azo dyes are synthetic dyes whose molecules contain two adjacent nitrogen atoms between carbon atoms. In layman’s terms, azo dyes create compounds that are toxic and tainted with carcinogenic heavy metals. Azo dyes can be absorbed by the skin and accumulate in the body. This creates a risk of exposure when wearing, let alone producing, clothing that contains azo dyes. Azo dyes have been shown to cause irritation of the skin and eyes, toxicity to aquatic animals, and long term negative health effects on people. All of our products are azo-free.