Vembadam Dyed

Finding this dye plant was something of a reminder of nature's sense of humour. We haven't been able to make purple since the start of Story in 2013 because the only natural dye we were able to get that produces purple is lac, which is a byproduct of insects (it's actually from a plant, but it involves bugs... it's complicated).

Undeterred, we consistently searched for years and attempted mixing colours, but to no avail. Recently (for us) we connected with a dye community that produces a beautiful sweety coloured lilac from the vembadam bark which can be sustainably harvested. They told us about all the benefits of the plant - it's good for your skin, traditionally used on cuts and bruises, and apparently even raises your mood. 

Having been talked up, we were dying to meet the amazing, beautiful plant but were warned: "Be careful friends, the flowers smell terrible". 

Lush Pants - Lilac Corduroy Lush Pants - Lilac Corduroy
Lush Pants
Lilac Corduroy
£340.00
Forager Pants - Green Handwoven Spiral Forager Pants - Green Handwoven Spiral
Forager Pants
Green Handwoven Spiral
£390.00
Polite Pullover - Lilac Corduroy Polite Pullover - Lilac Corduroy
Polite Pullover
Lilac Corduroy
£390.00
Grateful Tee LS - Lilac Sleepyhead Grateful Tee LS - Lilac Sleepyhead
Grateful Tee LS
Lilac Sleepyhead
£95.00
Forager Tote - Green Handwoven Spiral Forager Tote - Green Handwoven Spiral
Forager Tote
Green Handwoven Spiral
£174.00
Forager Skirt - Lilac Handwoven Spiral Forager Skirt - Lilac Handwoven Spiral
Forager Skirt
Lilac Handwoven Spiral
£425.00
Sabai Jacket - Bark Monster Fleece Sabai Jacket - Bark Monster Fleece
Sabai Jacket
Bark Monster Fleece
£485.00
Rambler Jacket - Lilac Corduroy Rambler Jacket - Lilac Corduroy
Rambler Jacket
Lilac Corduroy
£540.00
Rambler Jacket - Iron Corduroy Rambler Jacket - Iron Corduroy
Rambler Jacket
Iron Corduroy
£540.00
Rambler Jacket - Bark Brown Corduroy Rambler Jacket - Bark Brown Corduroy
Rambler Jacket
Bark Brown Corduroy
£540.00
Eden Dress - Lilac Handwoven Spiral Eden Dress - Lilac Handwoven Spiral
Eden Dress
Lilac Handwoven Spiral
£595.00
Grateful Tee LS - Lilac Growing Peace
Grateful Tee LS
Lilac Growing Peace
£95.00
Forager Tote - Lilac Handwoven Spiral Forager Tote - Lilac Handwoven Spiral
Forager Tote
Lilac Handwoven Spiral
£174.00
Forager Jacket - Green Handwoven Spiral Forager Jacket - Green Handwoven Spiral
Forager Jacket
Green Handwoven Spiral
£520.00
Forager Jacket - Lilac Handwoven Spiral Forager Jacket - Lilac Handwoven Spiral
Forager Jacket
Lilac Handwoven Spiral
£520.00
Grateful Tee LS - Lilac Forage With Brian
Grateful Tee LS
Lilac Forage With Brian
£95.00