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Eco Textiles: A Paris Workshop That Creates Subtly Dyed Goods for the Home

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Eco Textiles: A Paris Workshop That Creates Subtly Dyed Goods for the Home

June 27, 2017

Here’s a concept we can get behind: a Paris textile workshop that uses food scraps to create subtly dyed woven throws and cushions. At Whole, with workshops in Paris and Ivry-sur-Seine (and a shop in the 11th Arr.), designer Aurélia Wolff and her team mix natural and organic dyes daily from local plants and unused but perfectly good bits of food (“French madder and gaude, indigo and Guadeloupe, European rhubarb, canary cochineal, avocado skins, carrot tops, cachou, gall nut”), then apply them to wool, linen, and cotton from mills and makers around France. There’s a collection for babies, kids, and home; even the packaging is eco-friendly. Here’s a look at a few of their offerings.

the waca cross spring knitted blanket is available in ochre or gray; €\1 12
Above: The Waca Cross Spring Knitted Blanket is available in ochre or gray; €125 ($139.95).
the wawa and wama baby and child quilts are hand quilted in the workshop;  13
Above: The Wawa and Wama Baby and Child Quilts are hand-quilted in the workshop; from €115 ($128.75).
the woca jacquard knitted baby blanket is available in subtle pink or subtle bl 14
Above: The Woca Jacquard Knitted Baby Blanket is available in subtle pink or subtle blue; €95 ($106.36).
 wina baby burp cloths, available in five hues, can double as scarves 15
Above: Wina Baby Burp Cloths, available in five hues, can double as scarves for the fashionable French mother; €36 ($40.30).

Above, L to R: Whole carries a wide selection of pillows; shown here are Woki Large Linen Cushions in gray and ginger pink; currently on sale for €60 ($67.17).

the wivi large handwoven cushion is woven the traditional way in the whole work 18
Above: The Wivi Large Handwoven Cushion is woven the traditional way in the Whole workshop; currently on sale for €110 ($123.15).
Above: More saturated throw pillows include the Wako Plain Wool Crepe Cushion, also available in ochre; €65 ($72.77).
whole also makes bags and clutches, like the wove linen and woven tote bag 21
Above: Whole also makes bags and clutches, like the Wove Linen and Woven Tote Bag, shown in ochre; €45 ($50.38).
the whimsical wowo small wool garland (left) is made of dyed scraps o 22
Above: The whimsical Wowo Small Wool Garland (left) is made of dyed scraps of wool on a cotton thread; €22 ($24.63). Also pictured, at right: the Womp Medium Pompom Crown; €68 ($76.13).

N.B. In the Paris area? Whole also hosts dyeing workshops and will soon offer DIY kits. Stay tuned.

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