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About Earthues

Earthues is a fair-trade, woman-owned business, working in partnership with artisans to fulfill their dreams and ours. We also provide expertise in color, textile design and artisan craft development for the global marketplace. Our path is to travel the world, teaching and learning about natural dyes and eco-methods for creating beautiful colors.

Michele Wipplinger is an educator, photographer and master dyer and designer with over thirty years experience in natural dyes. Michele trained in France and Switzerland with noted natural dye houses, and developed her style of dyeing that yields beautiful, repeatable hues using only non-toxic alum mordants. In 1992 she introduced the concept of natural dye extracts that yielded brilliant, consistent, lightfast hues, were non-toxic, and easy to use. Earthues does not use any of the heavy metals that are dangerous to health and our planet.

Earthues is committed to working with artisans of other cultures, and Michele frequently consults around the world with both governmental and NGO groups to support the revival and innovation in traditional textiles and crafts. As well, she works with cottage industries and cooperatives to develop markets for natural dyestuffs that sustain rural populations and respect their local resources. Michele received an award from the United Nations for her environmental stewardship on the development of an ecological natural dye process for the American textile industry.

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