Dye House: Vienna, Austria
➞ Visited by The Slow Label in 2020.
Located in our hometown Vienna, Austria, this family-run dye house combines traditional craftsmanship with a strong interest in innovation and sustainability. They have dedicated years to developing recipes for plant dyes that are a lot less harmful to the environment than their conventional counterparts.
Using what nature has to offer - madder root, logwood, weld, indigo, cochineal, yellow wood, and redwood - this team was able to create a beautiful color palette, of which we have chosen the colors ecru, leaf and black. We love peeking into their laboratory, where they spend their days working out the best and most sustainable composition to create a variety of natural colors.
We have forwarded the following questions to our contact at the dye house in Vienna and have compiled the answers below. Is there anything else that you would like to know? Please get in contact!
How many of your employees are women and what's the average age?
Out of the ten employees working for this dye house, three are women. The average age is around 32 years.
How many hours maximum do the workers work per day?
10 hours max.
How many vacation days do the employees have?
Our employees have 25-30 vacation days per year.
Do you pay your workers a fair salary?
We pay our workers a salary that is higher than the Austrian "Kollektivvertrag".
What makes your dyeing process special?
Our dyes are a purely natural product, unlike synthetic colors. This is actually visible and tangible, especially in combination with the wool.
After the first wash, does the color change or stay the same?
The color does not change with correct care.
How can the customer imagine the complexity of dye extraction and the resulting color variations?
For the first knitwear drop in 2020, the black color has a slight bluish cast. Our natural black color tone is extracted from blue wood. This dye usually makes a dark purple or blue. By pre- and post-treatment of the yarn we can (depending on the dye) achieve a (in this case bluish) black. Sometimes this cast cannot be avoided.