Eco Printing – Nature on textiles!
Eco printing is an artisan field that deals with handmade botanical printing on fabrics or other surfaces (always natural materials) for the purpose of designing various textile items such as clothes, pillows, bed covers and more. The printing is done with different methods, using botanicals such as: leaves, barks, flowers, branches, buds, pods.
It is important to say that even in ancient times it was customary to use plants and trees for the production of hygiene products and make-up, fabric dyeing, and the production of natural textiles such as cotton, linen, hemp, etc.
It is important to say that even in ancient times it was customIn the last decade, the method of printing fabrics using plants and other products of nature began to develop in the world, and this is eco printing. Artisans who do this conduct workshops all over the world and teach the participants how to print with botanicals creating unique textiles. The uniqueness of the botanical print lies in the fact that each fabric is different from the other, as the techniques allow the creation of one-of-a-kind print models on fabrics intended for sewing a dress or perhaps a curtain.
In addition, botanical printing has developed within the background of preserving the environment, an increasing awareness of consumption of products made from natural materials in various fields, and also a preference for natural fabrics produced without harmful substances.
Printing Textiles in the most unique way in the world
Production and printing of fabrics are done today in a digital way, using advanced technological means and using toxic substances that may end up in rivers and oceans, often involving processes which are totally harmful for human and animal health. Therefore, those who are looking for natural and unique items for the home, including very special textiles, will have a hard time finding it both for their personal wardrobe and for their home.
In this sense, eco printing is the natural and optimal answer because any fabric on which a botanical print is made is a natural fabric and, as mentioned, the print on it is also made from natural ingredients only. The samples obtained in printing are unique and different from fabric to fabric due to the use of different plants, the type of fabric, the duration of the process and more.
Ecoprint is a very creative field on all stages of fabric preparation and plant printing. It is a fascinating process in which the working “tools” are fabrics and plants, which come together to create an authentic artistic work with results that cannot be known in advance. After preparing the fabric and placing the selected leaves and plants, the fabric undergoes a process of boiling or steaming. At the end, plant prints on the fabric will be revealed, just like the fields of irises, new buds, a sprout of life in nature.
Making ecoprint – Protecting Nature!
As mentioned, eco printing is a unique method of botanical printing on textiles using plants, leaves, flowers, barks or branches in traditional working methods, that craftsmen can upgrade or modify.
Today there is an increasing wave of fashion enthusiasts worried about sustainability and taking care of the environment. They do not look for trends, design for the masses and synthetic fabrics, instead, they look for a unique and natural design, free of substances harmful for themselves and for the environment.
The use of plants attracts many people from all over the world to the field, who purchase online workshops and acquire knowledge about botanical printing and apply it to fabrics, paper, leather, wood, ceramics and more.
The eco printing workshops are in great demand due to the natural and authentic method and many well-known designers come out with collections of fabrics printed with plants.
It is a natural botanical print, which does not harm the balance of the earth. It symbolizes the longing of all human beings, for a healthier, more natural and better world.
What do you learn in an Eco Printing workshop?
In the Eco Printing workshop, you learn which fabrics are suitable for the botanical printing method, what is the “mordant” process, which is the one that makes the fabrics absorb the color revealed by the leaves.
Later, the students acquire knowledge about the types of plants used in printing, and the unique shades and colors of them. Fabric printing is done using different methods. There are , for example, techniques where the plants are placed on the fabric and rolled into a bundle tied with strings.
Another bundle method involves placing blankets dipped in different natural materials on the fabric and plants.
The knowledge acquired in the workshop enables the creation of a collection of clothes and other textile items such as bed covers, pillows, tablecloths and more, based on a botanical print with a personal taste in a unique and natural handwork.