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Botanica Tinctoria

Main Contact
Rachel MacHenry

Key products/services

Naturally dyed, organic trims and threads.


Botanica Tinctoria produces naturally dyed trimmings and threads, which offer designers of sustainable textiles and fashion a wide range of beautiful and fast colours.

The collection of trimmings includes ribbons, tapes, broderie anglaise, hand-crocheted lace and rick rack as well as high quality Eri silk embroidery threads.

Botanica Tinctoria has a palette of 14 natural colours which are sourced from traditional dye plants such as indigo and madder.

Combining contemporary environmental thinking with current scientific advances and blending this with historic dye knowledge, Botanica Tinctoria offers a range of innovative and high quality materials for the creative designer or maker.

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Ethical Focus & Policy

Working with an innovative natural dye research project in India, Botanica Tinctoria materials are made from locally milled, GOTS certified organic cotton and organic Eri silk, and dyed with natural dyes in a closed loop system.

BioDye uses dyes, mordants and auxiliaries that are environmentally safe. Dyestuffs are obtained from sustainable sources such as leaves, fruits, by-products and regenerative stems, and all waste materials are biodegradable. Waste products, including compost and irrigation-quality water, are used to grow dye and medicinal plants and food crops for in-house consumption.

Local women’s groups assist in the gathering and processing of dye plants and also collect fallen firewood from renewable plantations, which is then used in fuel-efficient stoves in the dye house. Water usage has also been minimized; rainwater collection and solar heating are practiced.

BioDye works with local farmers to support the re-introduction of indigo in agriculturally depleted regions, thus contributing to sustainable livelihoods. The organic Eri silk threads are produced with a community-based silk project in Northern India and are Fair Trade certified. After dyeing, they are treated with a natural soy wax to ensure smooth stitching.

The hand-crocheted lace trims are made with a Fair Trade certified lace-making co-operative in Eastern India, which provides support to its members through education and health initiatives.

Pricing information

Prices, in USD, vary per metre at wholesale.

Products and services

• organic trims
• embroidery threads
• ribbon (3 widths)
• rick rack (3 widths)
• broderie anglaise (4 designs)
• hand crocheted lace edgings (5 designs)
• Eri silk embroidery threads

Everything is naturally dyed. Bespoke trims and colours can be developed with sufficient lead time (6-9 months).


• Sample cards are available free of charge to designers and retailers.
• Sample quantities are available at wholesale prices in any quantities (no minimums).

Maximum order criteria

Limited by the available quantities of dyestuffs and by the weather. Maximum quantities can be discussed and negotiated with each client.

Typical Product lead times

For in-stock items, can ship immediately from India.

For the development of bespoke materials and colours, a lead time of 6-9 months is needed. Please note, dyeing cannot take place during the monsoon season (June-August).

Closest shipping ports

Sample cards via regular mail from Toronto, Canada. Small quantities are shipped by DHL courier from Canada, can ship anywhere.

Larger order for production or resale are shipped directly from India via courier (DHL) and can be sent worldwide.