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Item of the Moment: Grain + Natural Dye Collection

Hand-dyed textiles from Bainbridge Island design collective Grain in collaboration with Guatemalan artisans.

By Amanda Zurita July 25, 2013

Traditional textile pillows from Grain's collaborative Natural Dye Collection ($100-$145)

Bainbridge-based Grain is the collaborative effort of design team Chelsea Green and James Minola. The brand's sustainably made modern goods are all produced locally or with small American manufacturers—with one exception: Grain's Guatemalan collections.

The duo first started visiting Guatemala as design students seven years ago. Since then they've been working to preserve the country's textile and dying heritage through annual small-batch productions of traditional goods. This year Grain met with several artisan groups in the Guatemalan highlands to create a line of woven throw pillows, towels, and cotton necklaces all naturally dyed by locals using ancient Mayan techniques.

Items from the Natural Dye Collection run from $18 to $145 and are available to order online. To learn more about Grain's work in Central America check out this video on Vimeo.



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