The series of curtains, throws and cushion covers are part of a pioneering project for dyeing textiles using agricultural waste from fruit orchards and herb industries. Almond shells, orange peels and stems from rosemary plants – that would otherwise be thrown away – are ground into various colour pigment powders and mixed for different shades. Material expert, Catherine Larsson, specialising in textiles and dyes at IKEA, heard about the new method and wanted to try it.
“Textile dyes are usually oil-based, but the dye we use for JOFRID is instead based on completely natural and renewable resources that look like and function in the same way as chemical dyes,” says Catherine.
The method stems from harnessing the planet’s resources in ways that are more efficient and more sustainable for the environment.
“We want to revive an older tradition when people didn’t let anything go to waste and were very inventive when it came to recycling and reusing what nature has provided”, says Catherine.