Concept description


“Let’s rediscover the human-nature balance!” by Caterina A

Since ancient times Romania has used environmental friendly means for producing clothing items. Using traditional crop, hemp and wool from sheep and fur originating from domestic animals (sheep’s, rabbits, goats) and from the wild animals (foxes, minks, ferrets, nutria, muskrats). For the rural population making clothes was a real job, brought to the level of trade passed on from generation to generation, having work all of the year. Early spring represent the start of a new year of production, which is manifested by the work of cultivating the earth and textile plants, vegetables and plant required for textile dyeing. At the end of the summer activities begin harvesting crops that were to be processed into fibers, in the autumn. In winter housewives gathered to “claca” where they begin to spin yarns to knit and weave in war activity which involved family members, from children to grandparents. Romanian tradition assumed that everything should be natural, coming from their own household, wishing to achieve a dowry, which basically mean family wealth (the family which has had more clothes, carpets, handicrafts, costumes was considered the richest).

The project goal

The main aim is to provide customers who are concerned about the effects of chemicals on their skin, body and environment, a range of products made from mixtures of natural vegetables and from organically raised animals. These products “environmentally friendly”, painted with green plant pigment, are a healthy option, a solution to cure skin allergies. The secondary aim of the project is creating jobs, providing equal opportunities through the use of local human resources and exploitation potential of local agriculture.


Herbs  used for vegetable dying, colors  achievable from its and mode of action for medical benefits to the skins and health generally, beside beauty, cosy and great feeling when wearing its.

Herb name Herb image                    Colors   Description
Madder  1 Madder’s leafy tops sprawl untidily over the ground and their clusters of tiny yellow-green flowers are insignificant. Yet, to the dyer, madder is a miracle of color because its roots contain alizarin, one of the most valuable red dye pigments ever known.
Haritaki  2 Haritaki is so named because it grows in the abode of Hara (the Himilayas); it is green (harita) in the natural colour and it cures (harayet) all diseases.
Cutch, Cutechu  3 The dyestuff known as cutch or catechu is an extract usually made from the heartwood of Acacia catechu, a small thorny tree. It yields orange-brown dyes that are rich in tannin, and was used in India calico printing before its introduction to the West. It is used mainly to dye cotton and silk.

Indigo 4 Indigo’s ability to produce an extensive range of beautiful blue shades has made it the most successful dye plant ever known. The commercially available indigo powder is made from the leaves of Indigofera tinctoria, which requires hot, sunny and humid growing conditions to flourish.Turmeric 5 Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger. Sometimes known as “Indian saffron”, it is the source of the familiar yellow color of many Asian curry dishes. Both the culinary spice and the dye are obtained from its root. Turmeric was and still is used for textile painting and printing in India.

Onion 6 The outer skin of this common vegetable is one of the most useful and readily available dyestuffs. It is ideal for the novice dyer’s first experiments since it reliably produced rich, vibrant shades of orange, yellow, rust and brown on all fibers, and does not impart any odor to the dyed material.Pomegranate 7 The edible pomegranate fruit yields a ocher-yellow dye and the skins are rich in tannin, which improves colorfastness. The pomegranate dye lacks brilliance so it is often mixed with turmeric root to make the color brighter. In India and Southeast Asia it is used as a mordant and a dye.

See the way this garments made out of this fabrics help our health

Mode of Action of Herbal/vegetable dyed cloth Mode of Action of Herbal/vegetable dyed cloth on the body Skin is the largest sense organ in the human body. It is the external covering, which gives us protection from the micro-organisms, maintains the body temperature and ultimately gives color to the body. More than this, skin is the reflection of the health as well as mind. Healthy skin is very important to keep good health.

It helps in perspiration and there by removes impurities from the body. Immunology is another function of the skin. Skin is a good absorber. The entire function of the skin depends on the normal flow of blood.

Blood vessels are distributed profusely, immediately beneath the skin. The increased rate of blood flow is responsible for proper functioning of the skin. The poor blood circulation is responsible for many of the skin diseases; it impairs the normal functioning of the skin.

Herbal cloth because of its medicinal property increases the rate of blood flow in the skin. The clothing entraps the air next to the skin in the weaves of the cloth. About half the heat transmitted from the skin to the clothing is radiated to the clothing itself instead of being conducted across the small intervening spaces of the cloth.

The radiated heat activates herbal molecules of the cloth and is reflected back to the body along with the herbal molecules. The reflected heat dilates the vessels and the herbal molecules enter the circulation and act at different layers of the skin. The herbal molecules thus entered into the body increases the blood circulation, makes the skin fair, helps in removing the toxic metabolic wastes through sweat and furthermore the herbal molecules show anti-oxidant property in the body. Through the blood the herbal molecules enter deep into the body and show its property at different levels of the body and helps in curing other diseases like arthritis, allergic bronchitis, tension etc.

Protection Since time immemorial, ayurveda uses herbs like haridra, rakta chandana, and shweta Chandana, manjista, lodhra, sariva, kumkuma etc for protecting the skin from harmful rays of sun and to keep it healthy. The herbal molecules act with the melanocytes cell present in the skin and control its function. It blocks the UV rays from penetrating deep into the skin.

Tri – Dosha and Herbal Cloth According to ayurveda the balanced state of the THRI-DOSHA leads to health. All herbals used in Ayurveda have a direct effect on the Tri- Dosha. The herbs by its rasa, guna, veerya, vipaka, prabhava maintains the balance between the Tri-Doshas.

Medical advantages of herbal use for dying Harde powder is a natural laxative and hence controls flatulence. it is also useful in treating skin diseases, controlling itching and reducing white patches on the skin. As a herb, it helps provide healthy skin. Briefly Hesh Harde powder has the following advantages:

- Natural laxative – Controls flatulence – Helps treat various skin problems – Provides healthy skin

Haldi or turmeric Attributed Medicinal Properties: Turmeric is a mild digestive, being aromatic, a stimulant and a carminative. An ointment base on the spice is used as an antiseptic in Malaysia. Turmeric water is an Asian cosmetic applied to impart a golden glow to the complexion. Curcumin has been shown to be active against Staphlococcus aureus (pus-producing infections)

Many in India use it as a readily available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises. It is also used as an antibacterial agent. Curcumin is thought to be a powerful antinociceptive (pain-relieving) agent

Madder It was used in the treatment of jaundice, obstruction of the spleen, melancholy, palsy, haemorrhoids, sciatica, and of bruises

Catechu Catechu (called katha in Hindi) is an astringent and has been used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine as well as in breath-freshening spice mixtures which cause mild coagulation of skin proteins, dry, harden, and protect the skin. Acne sufferers are often advised to use astringents if they have oily skin. [1] Astringents also help heal stretch marks and other scars. Mild astringent solutions are used in the relief of such minor skin irritations as those resulting from superficial cuts, allergies, insect bites, or fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.

Kesuda Medicinal properties astringent antidiarrheal antidysenteric febrifuge aphrodisiac purgative anthelmintic