localdialect

Naturally Dyed Clothing

Petaluma, California · 8 Sales

localdialect

Naturally Dyed Clothing

Petaluma, California 8 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Last updated on Nov 14, 2017

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Karen Hess

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Karen Hess

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local dialect creates naturally dyed clothing and art inspired by the landscape of the San Francisco North Bay.

You’ve decided you want to wear clothing that reflects your values, but it’s hard to find in stores and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when we want to make it ourselves. Well, I'm here to help you.

Check out the shop, get some inspiration from the blog posts, and when you’re ready, start harvesting some plants and making some dyepots of your own!

Founded in 2015, by Karen Hess, local dialect began as a project which desired to translate the language of the land into everyday objects. Originally a blog beginning in 2006, which reflected on the unique beauties and mysteries of her local landscape, Karen had a vision of opening an online clothing shop that would reflect her appreciation of the natural world, and be a collaboration with the local plants of the Sonoma and Marin area. The land in the SF north bay offers up a detailed language, transmitted through plants in natural dye color.

All clothing and accessories are carefully hand dyed by Karen with local plants and mushrooms and the artwork inspired by this process is created by her. Karen’s naturally dyed garments feature plant-based color that promotes wellness for both the wearer and the land it comes from. Plant-based colour palettes are naturally harmonious and neutral, the surprising colors glow, sometimes with subtle secondary color, allowing the innate beauty of the wearer to come through.

“Natural color is very special, it has much more depth to it that synthetic dye can achieve. Sometimes I’ll take a photo of a garment I’ve dyed green and it photographs purple instead, because of the way the light reflects and what the camera can perceive. You may have a dominant color but within a natural dye, there are many secondary colors that enhance the dominant hue and give it its depth.”

Each garment is hand-dyed in very limited quantities in Petaluma, CA, each has a story to tell, and each garment reminds us of the traditional, sustainable process that clothing can be.

Shop members

  • Karen Hess

    Owner, Designer, Artist

    I'm a designer and artist inspired by the landscape of the Sonoma and Marin area. I'm very happy to share the results of my inspirations with you here.

Production partners

  • Dharma Trading

    San Rafael, CA

    Dharma provides the silk camisoles that I naturally dye with plants and mushrooms.

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits