Alabama Chanin and Botanical Colors Madder Root Natural Dye Collaboration


“Every colour harbours its own soul.” — Emil Nolde 

Last week we explored the world of natural dyeing in anticipation of our collaboration with Botanical Colors. This week we highlight and share friends, inspirations, makers, growers, and trailblazers in the world of natural dyeing. Like Alabama Chanin, these artisans share a passion for sustainability and the preservation of heirloom plants and processes. Their contribution to the living arts and the making community as a whole is immense. We invite you to explore their history, craft, and community presence through the links below and share natural dyers you’d like us to know in the comments.  

“The Modern Natural Dyer”, by A Verb for Keeping Warm founder Kristine Vejar 

A Verb for Keeping Warm: Website + Instagram 

“Indigo Stories: Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo” 

Donna Hardy: Interview + Instagram 

The Future of Fashion: The Innovators, a podcast by Vogue Business, featuring Fibershed’s executive director Rebecca Burgess 

Fibershed: Website + Instagram 

“Spotlight on India Flint”, from The Festival of Quilts 

India Flint: Website + Instagram 

“Indigo Stories: Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors” 

Kathy Hattori: Website + Instagram 

“A Glimpse Into Studio 1 with Visiting Artist Madame Magar”, from The Gibbes Museum of Art 

Leigh Magar: Website + Instagram 

“Scott Peacock, Plant Safari, + Indigo” 

Scott Peacock: Website + Instagram 

“Stony Creek Color, Creating Sustainable, Renewable Dyes One Plant at a Time”, from Vie Magazine 

Stony Creek: Website + Facebook 

@ Alabama Chanin      

Explore our limited-edition collection of core Alabama Chanin x Madder designs, naturally dyed in collaboration with Botanical Colors. Each soft pink garment has been hand-dyed with Madder Root and other natural resources to achieve this signature tone found throughout the assortment. Limited-edition styles include The Coverup, The Waffle Sweatshirt, The Tank, and The Essential Rib Skirt

@ The School of Making     

May’s Swatch of the Month features the Bird on a Branch stencil, designed in collaboration with Grammy award-winning songwriter and friend Rosanne Cash and internationally acclaimed artist Dan Lizzie from their book, Bird on a Blade. We’ve introduced three new kits that feature the Bird on a Branch placement stencil to further our inspirations. The kits include beloved and classic silhouettes: the Swing Skirt, T-Shirt Top, and Poncho.  

@ The Factory     

Plan your visit to view the Collection firsthand, work with our team, experience Alabama Chanin in-person, and learn more about our commitment to responsible production, sustainable practices, and thoughtful design.    

Monday by appointment only   
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm        
Saturday and Sunday | Closed            

Visit us at:        
462 Lane Drive        
Florence, Alabama 35630          

Contact our store team:        
Catherine Counts        
+1.256.760.1090 x 114            

Carlisle Sandy         
+1.256.760.1090 x 105        

Please note: Due to COVID, guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their time at The Factory and we have masks available, if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours.  

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