The capsule collection "the essence" by Living Blue and Natascha von Hirschhausen highlights the pure essence of handcraft and fashion, inspired by the cradle of life itself - water.
You can feel the luxury of nature with garments exclusively made of high quality, compostable fibers, which are all dyed naturally and handcrafted by artisans in Bangladesh. The collection is designed by future driven fashion designer Natascha von Hirschhausen with her innovative minimal-waste patterns and shows pure elegance in one of a kind garments.
While I was studying fashion design at Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee, I got the chance to travel to Bangladesh with "Local-International". After being in Dhaka for one week, where everything is incredibly full and loud, coming to the workshop of "Living Blue" in Rangpur was literally a breath of fresh air.
To see the amazing handcraft, that is performed by the artisans and the calm, respectful atmosphere charmed me right away. The excellence in handcraft and the self organized fair trade organization showed the strength and skill of these people in an enchanting manner. I spend the most wonderful hours working and experimenting with the artisans, seeing the village and their way of life.
"I am honored to work with these amazing, strong artisans now."
"Indigo production can be integrated into the agricultural cycle and does not have to replace food."
All the indigo used for dyeing purposes in this textile collection has been produced in Bangladesh and is of the highest quality. Our collaboration is about tapping the value of this renewable resource in the existing micro-ecology. Natural dyes contribute to more environmentally conscientious production systems, as well as sustainable local communities. Plus the finished garment, which you wear on your skin, will not contain any oil-based chemistry.
Indigo production can be integrated into the agricultural cycle and does not have to replace food, rather it can be expanded and complement existing cropping systems and contribute to increased yields.
The workshop of Living Blue in Bangladesh helps to sustain the unique handcraft and the life of the people on the countryside in Bangladesh. By working eye to eye with our artisans we preserve the one of a kind handcraft and make it accessible to the world. We strongly believe that the best way of development assistance is paying a fair price to our artisans.
The whole production is about fair trade where the artisans not only get a fair wage and democratically manage and run their own businesses, but also have total control over profits. The surplus generated by these various social enterprises contribute to the general well-being of local communities and help to create sustainable social, cultural and economic life.
"We strongly believe that the best way of development assistance is paying a fair price to our artisans. "
"I am still in awe with this one of a kind handcraft."
The brand LIVING BLUE stands for high quality, hand-made products, made by artisans in Bangladesh, based on optimum technical recall. The key technique lies in natural dyes, as well as Shibori and Kantha.
Shibori is a special way of dyeing the fabric to get lively, one of a kind patterns. First of all the whole fabric piece is stitched through and through. Then you pull the threads to put pressure on certain spots. Then you dye the whole piece. After that you extract the threads and get a unique lively pattern, since the dye could not reach where the threads were pulled.