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Alina Macías & Veronica Bellina

  • Taller Silvestre
  • Textile dyer
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Alina Macías & Veronica Bellina Textile dyer
Contact
Spanish, English, German
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+34 623 066 881
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Natural colours created by hand

  • • Alina and Veronica's work seeks beauty in the everyday
  • • Their work is always exploring links with nature
  • • For them, colours are a way of life

Alina spent 20 years working in a Swiss watchmaking house, where she learned to appreciate the craftsmanship of making watches, then she decided to leave her entrepreneurial work and dedicate herself to making botanical dyes and floral pressing. She started at home, taking space away from her kitchen until, in 2018, she moved to a workshop in a shared studio with her business partner Verónica Bellina. Two years later they expanded to their own workspace in a warehouse in the neighbourhood of Tetuán, in Madrid, where they established Taller Silvestre, and from where they currently operate. They produce 100 percent natural dyes. Much of their time is spent in the collection and transformation of beautiful things they collect into colour, extracting colours from the landscape and reflecting the seasonal changes.

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Works

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Organic cotton muslins

This unique series of organic GOTS certified cotton muslins, hand-dyed with Acacia Catechu, are exclusively developed for the cosmetic brand Rowse. Taller Silvestre wants to honour earth colours through these pieces. All the processes needed to create the muslins were developed in Taller Silvestre’s workshop: scouring, mordanting, colour extraction and dye Bath. As Rowse is a plant-based company, Taller Silvestre decided to work exclusively with plants during the whole process.

Height 220 cm
Width 100 cm

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Hand-dyed Merino wool socks

This series of socks are woven from hand-dyed organic wool. Wool is a stunning material to work with when using botanical dyes. Colour lives on wool and both botanical colours and wool work together extremely well. Special attention needs to be paid during all the process as wool is very sensitive to heat and sudden differences of temperature. Taller Silvestre works with cold dye methods to avoid damaging the fibres.

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Organic cotton fabric in ochre tones

These cotton gauzes were dyed with onions skins and are part of a larger study of colours obtained with onion skins. Test of saturation, dyed material versus fabric weight, temperature and bath pH are very interesting and allow Taller Silvestre to get different hues from a single bath dye. This type of process is also in line with Taller Silvestre’s journey, to be as sustainable as possible and exhaust the colour bath till the very last drop.

Height 200 cm
Width 200 cm

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Silk bourette towel

This silk bourette towel is hand-dyed using the tie-dye technique. A gradient has been created from beige to pale rose hues. The silk used, bourette silk, also known as silk noil, is made of what’s left after making spun silk. It is not shiny and a bit rougher than silk, it is a more humble material that Taller Silvestre love to work with. The tie-dye method is a very manual process: you have to be very present and attentive. The saturation of the colour is optically controlled in order to avoid ugly cuts in the colour transitions.

Height 50 cm
Width 100 cm

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Tote bag

This Japanese cut bag is made of linen and hand-dyed in shades of pink and corals. Taller Silvestre reinterprets the sunsets of Ibiza using the Rubia tinctorum (also known as the dyer's madder), whose name comes from the reddish colour of the root and which is an endemic species on the island. The unevenness resulting from the natural dyes is full of nuances typical of the artisanal process that form part of the piece and make it unique. It is a limited edition of 21 pieces created for the Spanish brand Zubi.

Height 29 cm
Width 29 cm

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Madrid: a passion for natural materials
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Explore Madrid’s craft culture where natural materials take centre stage. This buzzing capital city will tell you a new story of Spain’s natural beauty through contemporary interpretations of traditional, locally sourced or ancestral materials and techniques.
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