Ireland, Kathryn Davey, Irish Linen Blanket in Terracotta
Product name: Irish Linen Blanket in Terracotta
Type of product: Homeware
Description (story of the item): Woven in the north of Ireland, our Irish linen blanket is naturally dyed with plant extracts for a rich deep colour. The weave combines two layers of linen, seamed together at the edges which gives an extra layer of warmth and comfort to this heirloom piece.
Once the linen is woven, we prepare each one for dyeing by a method known as scouring. Scouring is a process of removing any oils, waxes or residue that may coat the fibre and impede the absorption of dye.
After the linen is scoured we soak it in a natural mordant solution. The word “mordant” comes from the Latin “mordere”, which means to bite. Just as the word describes, the mordant helps the dye bite to the fibre ensuring the colours are strong, clear & long lasting.
After scouring and mordanting the fibre the dye baths are prepared. The colour is extracted from the plant material by soaking the plant in water and adding heat until the dye is released. These blankets are hand-dyed using an extract from the heartwood of the Acacia Catechu tree.The fibre has to be soaked for many hours until the desired colour is achieved. The process takes anywhere from 7-10 to prepare & dye each blanket.
Materials: 100% Irish Linen & 100% Plant Extracts
Measurements / size: Measures roughly 60" x 100" | 145 cm x 254cm