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Isatis

Blue

 

Our Spring 2023 collection brings back naturally dyed pieces using the flowering herb woad. Woad (Isatis tinctoria) is a perennial herb in the broccoli family that we discovered near one of our factories in Toulouse. In fact, Toulouse was once known as the hub of woad trade and its use in the textile industry. It was the reigning blue dye in Europe until the arrival of indigo in the middle of the 16th century. This heritage can still be seen today in the blue shutters in Toulouse.

These pieces are dyed by hand in a small atelier in Toulouse that uses ancestral techniques. The techniques, namely recipes for extracting pigment are sourced from old books. When the atelier started out, woad seeds were sourced from a conservatory that dates to Napoleon, who used woad to dye uniforms. The atelier then partnered up with local farmers to plant the woad for their dyes. Working with the bacteria in the dyeing process is unpredictable; sometimes it doesn’t work because of the properties of the fabric or the weather. It requires taking good care of the dyeing vat and having a good sense of the properties of different fabrics.

Woad has a long root, making it almost indestructible. The herb has indigo as the main dyeing component and is often mixed with indigo to get darker hues. Given the right conditions, the woad leaves start to ferment, excreting pigment into the water. The fabric is then dipped into the dye vat. When the fabric comes out of the dye vat it is yellow-green until oxidation turns it pastel blue in a matter of minutes. The medicinal plant is also known to have an anti-inflammatory effect as well as healing properties for the skin.

Care

Naturally dyed garments are sensitive to sun exposure and washing method. To ensure colorfastness, do not dry or store in direct contact with the sun. Wash with a natural or pH neutral detergent in cool water. Hang dry.


BASERANGE KNITTED TEE SHIRT
BASERANGE KNITTED TEE SHIRT

Tee shirt in isatis blue

$125.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED LOOSE TEE
BASERANGE KNITTED LOOSE TEE

Loose tee in isatis blue

$138.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED LONG SLEEVE TEE
BASERANGE KNITTED LONG SLEEVE TEE

Long sleeve tee in isatis blue

$150.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED MEA PULLOVER
BASERANGE KNITTED MEA PULLOVER

Mea pullover in isatis blue

$255.00

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  • M-L
BASERANGE KNITTED MEA PANTS
BASERANGE KNITTED MEA PANTS

Mea pants in isatis blue

$210.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED MISSISSIPPI BRA
BASERANGE KNITTED MISSISSIPPI BRA

Mississippi bra in isatis blue

$83.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED BELL PANTS
BASERANGE KNITTED BELL PANTS

Bell pants in isatis blue

$58.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED SOFT BRA
BASERANGE KNITTED SOFT BRA

Soft bra in isatis blue

$92.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED HIGHWAIST BELL PANTS
BASERANGE KNITTED HIGHWAIST BELL PANTS

Highwaist bell pants in isatis blue

$80.00

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BASERANGE KNITTED BUCKLE ANKLE SOCKS

Buckle ankle socks in light isatis blue

$38.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED BUCKLE ANKLE SOCKS

Buckle ankle socks in mid isatis blue

$38.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED BUCKLE ANKLE SOCKS

Buckle ankle socks in dark isatis blue

$38.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED BUCKLE OVERANKLE SOCKS

Buckle overankle socks in light isatis blue

$44.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE SOCKS Buckle Overankle Socks

Buckle overankle socks in mid isatis blue

$44.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED BUCKLE OVERANKLE SOCKS

Buckle overankle socks in dark isatis blue

$44.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED RIB ANKLE SOCKS

Rib ankle socks in light isatis blue

$38.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED RIB ANKLE SOCKS

Rib ankle socks in mid isatis blue

$38.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED RIB ANKLE SOCKS

Rib ankle socks in dark isatis blue

$38.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED OVERKNEE SOCKS

Overknee socks in light isatis blue

$44.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED OVERKNEE SOCKS

Overknee socks in mid isatis blue

$44.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44
BASERANGE KNITTED OVERKNEE SOCKS

Overknee socks in dark isatis blue

$44.00

  • 36-39
  • 40-44