Bengala

Sustainable mud dye

 

Bengala is a mud dye made of natural minerals derived from the soil. Using traditional methods and modern technology, it brings us ancient colors as a new sustainable textile dye for fabrics, natural fibers, and paper. No toxic chemicals, no heat involved for Bengala dyeing.

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Iron oxide pigment found in Paleolithic paintings estimated to be 20,000 years old in Lascaux Caves, France and Altamira Caves, Spain.

Iron oxide pigment found in Paleolithic paintings estimated to be 20,000 years old in Lascaux Caves, France and Altamira Caves, Spain.

 
 

Color of the Earth

Bengala is made from iron oxide naturally found in soil. An ancient color made from the oldest pigments, it has been used since the Old Stone Age. It is said that the greatest quantity of red soil on earth is iron oxide. The name Bengala comes from the Bengal region in India-Bangladesh, where the process was found.

 
 
 

Environmentally Safe

You only need water. No heat or chemical substances are necessary. 

You will see that as you knead the fabric in the dye bath, the water starts to become clear because all of the pigments transfer from the water into the fabric. Left over dye solution can simply be drained back into the ground as part of the soil it came from. 

 
 
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Natural, gentle properties

The color is stable once the fabric is dried. It has gentle UV protection, and the color doesn't fade in the sun.

 
 
 

Unlimited techniques

With the Bengala resist paste, thickeners, and dyeing tools, your creative ideas never stop. Increase the eco-friendly household items by reused, handmade, natural dyed with Bengala. The actions make happy to you and our planet.

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Itajime shibori

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Painting

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Stamp (wood block print)

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Katazome 1

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Katazome 2

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Tsutsugakizome (color resist)

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Wool Yarn Dye

 
 

Bengala Color Chart