I remember I dyed paper with coffee and tea for a history project in high school once. I even went to the extreme of burning off the edges of the paper so that it gave off a strong vintage and pirate scroll-like appearance. The project got an A* for presentation mark of course.
Not only is tea an interesting dye for paper, it is also a unique dye for fabrics; as proven by kapok on their latest project. Bringing together three homegrown brands for this series of hand-dyed future classics t-shirt – Arnault (founder of kapok), Nana Chan (plantation project) and Anna Cennamo (extraction project) have worked together on producing these 27 completely unique pieces. Coming in the colors of jasmine, copper, iron; Camomile pure, copper; Roselle pure, iron; and Thai pure, iron; each piece has been dyed individually for a week, and the resulting colors were carefully extracted by using mordants and acids. Since the surrounding conditions can also affect the tones of the fabric, the team had to closely monitor the process to make sure that the level of humidity and sunlight they were exposed to were similar.
Since the surrounding condition can also affect the tones of the fabric, the team had to monitor and made sure the level of humidity and sunlight they were exposed to were similar. Available at kapok in sun street and kapok pmq, each of them is marked at a retail price of HKD $850.