Natural Dyes + Care Instructions

Natural Dyes

My products are lovingly crafted by hand using natural fibers and reputable natural dyes. The dye process uses naturally-occurring materials to create safe colors. The ingredients used for these pieces vary and are derived from plants, bark, roots, insects, etc. These dyes have been around for centuries and were once the only way that textiles could be colored before the advent of synthetic dyes. I welcome any questions regarding my dyes! 

Naturally dyed products have a unique beauty that can never be captured by modern dye methods. Hours, days and even weeks-worth of work go into every piece. Natural dye produces a “living color.“ Because of its organic nature, every piece is constantly adapting and evolving throughout its lifecycle. No two are ever alike and no piece will likely maintain its color forever. While color-fastness is sought after throughout the dying process, the lifetime of each piece will be determined by its use (number of washes, exposure to direct light, etc.). Some see these traits as a weakness of sorts, but in actuality, this is the beauty of natural dye! It truly is alive and is meant to be enjoyed for as long as it’s lifecycle lasts.

* Please note that these products are made from a variety of dyed materials meaning that the colors will vary – some more than others!

** The fibers may also have been exposed to soy, wheat bran, and/or iron in the dye process but the final products are safe! This includes the dyes and processes that I use!

Product Care Instructions

Care instructions will be listed on a card that comes with your purchase. The following are general rules of thumb…

Please Note: I properly rinse, wash and dry these fabrics to remove all excess dye; however, please wash alone or with like colors to account for potential bleeding.

  • Naturally Dyed Plush Playthings
    • Spot clean only!
    • Minimize exposure to direct sunlight
  • Baby -Friendly Plush
    • Preferred: May hand-wash with a free + clear, neutral detergent & lay flat to dry
    • Okay: May wash on gentle with a free + clear, neutral detergent & tumble dry on low heat setting
    • May iron with low heat
    • Minimize exposure to direct sunlight
  • Borrowing Color Blankets
    • Preferred: May hand-wash with a free + clear, neutral detergent & lay flat to dry
    • Okay: May wash on gentle with a free + clear, neutral detergent & tumble dry on low heat setting
    • May iron with low heat
    • Minimize exposure to direct sunlight
  • Behold by Borrowing Color Pillowcases
    • Preferred: May hand-wash with a free + clear, neutral detergent & lay flat to dry
    • Okay: May wash on gentle with a free + clear, neutral detergent & tumble dry on low heat setting
    • May iron with low heat
    • Minimize exposure to direct sunlight
  • Behold by Borrowing Color Hemp Socks
    • Preferred: May hand-wash with a free + clear, neutral detergent & lay flat to dry
    • Okay: May wash on gentle with a free + clear, neutral detergent & tumble dry on low heat setting
    • May iron with low heat
    • Minimize exposure to direct sunlight
  • Behold by Borrowing Color Wooden Beads
    • Spot clean only!
    • Regular massage olive oil or a beeswax wood balm onto the wood beads
    • Minimize exposure to direct sunlight and water/soaps/detergents
    • See @beholdbyborrowingcolor’s IGTV for care info
  • Other Behold by Borrowing Color Products
    • Please see individual listing descriptions!

Naturally Dyed Fabric

For the first time ever, I am listing my naturally-dyed fabrics for others! Whether you are a novice crafter or an experienced shop owner – these fabrics will bring joy and uniqueness to any project! (These will be ready-to-ship and the turn around time will be 3-5 business days.)

Care Instructions for Naturally Dyed Fabric:

  • May machine wash on gentle with a free + clear, neutral detergent. (I properly rinse, wash and dry these fabrics to remove all excess dye; however, please wash alone or with like colors to account for potential bleeding.)
  • May tumble dry on low heat setting or line dry.
  • May iron with low heat.
  • Limiting direct sunlight and minimizing washing will help to protect the natural dyes from fading and/or discoloration

 I currently do not accept custom dye requests; however, I am happy to hear suggestions for dye jobs you would like see or fabrics you would like me to use! (Please note that I can only dye natural fibers – linen, cotton, rayon, wool, silk, etc.) Please share your suggestions with me here!

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