Part of the Patungo capsule collection, the Bahaghari sandals made use of Himaya's retaso (fabric scraps) which were all dyed with natural pigments.
About the Collection
Patungo is a collaboration between Munimuni and Himaya as an attempt to breathe new life to retaso (fabric scraps) and deadstock fabric and dyed with pigments extracted from natural sources.
Natural dyes are colorants derived from plants, bark, leaves, roots, seeds, flowers, fruit / vegetables, peels, insects, shellfish, & mineral compounds. Natural dyes were the only source of color for textiles, leather, basketry, and other materials until synthetic dyes were developed in the 1856.
Natural dyes are now only used in small quantities by artists and craftspeople. Some commercial use of natural dyes is a response to concerns about synthetic dyes and environmental pollution. Synthetic dye is second the largest polluter of clean water globally, next to agriculture. The toxic chemical from dyes create severe enviromental damage in the form of air & soil pollution. Whereas, natural dyes are a renewable resource and does not contain harmful chemicals to the soil and waterways, it also contribute to rural economic development.
There are over 100 dye yielding plant species in the Philippines. Some indegenous communities in the Philippines that still practice natural dyeing are the Itneg in Namarbar, Abra (natural dye capital in the country), the T'boli in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Mangyan (Oriental & Occidental Mindoro, and Ifugao in the Cordillera region.
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