A plant trip to Nusa Penida
I spent the weekend with my hands in the soil, exploring roots, leaves and flowers in the jungle of Nusa Penida, a small island next to Bali. Plants used for dyeing fabric is an ancient tradition, and it’s truly an art form and a slow process. From knowing the plant and collecting the dye material, to slowly boil or steam carefully selected plants, to achieve the perfect color. To know the characteristics and benefits of the plants, makes it such an interesting way to connect with nature. I was lucky that the man I am renting my house from, invited me to visit his family owned land in Nusa Penida. The nature is raw and unspoiled, and the climate is a bit drier than in Bali, which results in some different plant species than I am used to. I brought home some roots from the Morinda tree, which is very well known for it’s health benefits and bright orange color. And to top off the plant paradise excursion, I also got some organic cotton that I will try to grow when I start creating my own dye garden. The only thing more exciting than growing my own dye plants, would be growing my own fibres to make fabric. There’s a long way to go, but it’s a start, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.