Florals for spring may be far from ground-breaking, but when plant biologist Özge Horasan made her move into fashion, she took the idea to the next level. After a relocation to the Aegean cost of Turkey to study botany, the Ankara-derived Turk started experimenting with natural, organic plant dyes made from pomegranate and indigo, and the alchemy behind them.
When last year the traditional dyeing recipes with hours of fabric boiling proved too energy-consuming, the artisan designer started hand-dyeing her locally sourced, fair trade cotton fabrics by the use of cold dyeing. The outcome? A line influenced by the modern and natural look of classic botanical illustrations, going under the name of sat-su-ma.
Though simple silhouettes and natural colourways are Horasan’s call, the final designs are far from basic. Tapping timely detailing like ruffles and playing with layering and asymmetry, sat-su-ma delivers easily ensembled, interchangeable pieces elevating not only the ethics behind the process, but the organic-natural-fair trade aesthetic as we know it.
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