The Wild Textile

A Modern Hand Weaving & Textiles Studio


Frequently Asked Questions


What is Ikat?
    
Refer to my Process page

What is Shibori?
    
Refer to my Process page

Can I machine wash hand-woven textiles?
    
Yes, however different weavings will call for different types of washing. If you have purchased a Naturally Dyed Ikat weaving, stay away from harsh chemicals in your washing process, as these can fade the natural colors (see below). 

     A woven piece with no natural dyes can withstand a typical detergent and wash cycle. Tumble dry low or hang to dry. Warm iron if needed. Keep out of direct sun light. Specific washing instructions will come with each product. 

Can I machine wash naturally dyed textiles?
    
Yes, but be weary of harsh chemicals in your washing process - it is no surprise that natural dyes do not get along well with harsh detergents. These can fade colors that would otherwise last with proper care. I treat my textiles with different mordants, which work to keep the colors bright and fixed to the fabric.

     If you must, machine wash on delicate in cool water with a gentle soap, but hand washing is preferable for naturally dyed fabrics. Tumble dry low or hang to dry. Warm iron if needed. Keep out of direct sun light. Specific washing instructions will come with each product. 

Where do you source your natural dyes?
     
I forage as many dyes from the world around me [i. e. my kitchen, backyard, forests & fields]. For natural dyes that are harder to obtain locally, I purchase high quality sustainable dyes from a reliable online source. 

Can I get a custom order?
     Yes, simply send a message using my contact page with your custom order inquiry. If you see anything listed out of stock in my shop or on my gallery page that you are interested in, I'll do my best to recreate said product.