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Plant-based, natural dyes

Every Charlie Darwin garment can be purchased in undyed (white), or hand-dyed using pigments from plants. This allows us to customize every garment down to the shade of blue, and the plant-based dyes are much better for the environment, too!

See below for our current plant-based dye colors, and if you want to take this IRL, you can request a free fabric sample pack!

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womens linen indigo jumper

Indigo

Dye color:

Light Blue, Dark Blue, Tie Dye Blue

Dye contents:

Indigo + Iron + Slaked lime

Dye plant:

Indigofera tinctoria

Dye origin:

South India

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Black Tea & Iron

Dye color:

Medium Grey

Dye contents: 
Black tea + Iron
Dye plant: 
Camellia sinensis
Dye origin:
various, all Rainforest Alliance certified

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Womens naturally dyed grey dress
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Cutch

Dye color: 

Light salmon pink

Dye contents:

Cutch

Dye plant:

Acacia catechu tree

Dye origin:

grown in India

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Chestnut and iron

Dye color: 

Dark Charcoal Grey

Dye contents:

Chestnut and Iron

Dye plant:

Spanish Chestnut tree

Dye origin:

grown in Slovakia

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Black Tea

Dye color:

Light Brown

Dye contents: 
Black tea
Dye plant: 
Camellia sinensis
Dye origin:
various, all Rainforest Alliance certified

Womens plant dyed clothing in brown
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Request fabric samples

Want to see for yourself? Get one set of 2x2" fabric samples sent to you FREE via snail mail. I'll include all dye options currently available, plus undyed white.

Woo! Your fabric swatches will be sent out soon :)

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about Plant-based dyes

These dyes make our cloth different!

Most clothing out in the world is dyed with synthetically manufactured dyes that cater to the masses, but the wastewater from synthetic dye operations can have a toxic effect on living beings and wide-spanning ecological implications.

 

And on a personal level, our clothing spends lots of time rubbing up against our biggest organ, the skin, so we aren't taking any risks.

 

These are reasons why Charlie Darwin has committed to coloring our clothes using pigments found in plants that are safe to get wrapped up in.

make something tranquil

Get any of the Charlie Darwin plant-dyes on your own cut of 100% Linen fabric.  

This all-purpose linen's refined texture and tighter weave offer a perfect blend of lightness and substance, making it ideal for a range of creative projects, including quilting, clothing, crafting, and home decor. 

You'll quickly see why it's well known for its softness, durability, and breathability. 

Our pre-softened linen fabric is OEKO-TEX certified.

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wear something earthy

Choose your favorite Charlie Darwin plant-dye color for your made-to-measure garment!  

Our 100% linen clothing gives you the boost to stand out while still blending into the earth. Meant for all bodies, genders, and sizes. Each piece is made to order and will be tailored to your custom body measurements. Every garment comes with scrap fabric and a mending kit to extend its lifespan.

Our pre-softened linen fabric is OEKO-TEX certified.