Orchil- Pigments- Merino, Sari Silk, Mulberry Silk & Llama. 100g

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 Soft, shiny, with lots of beautiful texture from the Sari Silk. 

Orchil is a dye made from lichens, these unpromising looking, symbiotic organisms, are a surprisingly rich source of colours. Litmus, an indicator used for testing acidity and alkalinity, was originally sourced from lichen. Orchil however produces a stunning rich purple/magenta/fuchsia  dye. Extracting the colours is by no means simple, the lichens can only be harvested at specific times of year, and the extraction process requires ammonia, historically this came from human urine. If you'd like to know more about Orchil, this post is a great starting point. 

Colour Description- Fuchsia purple, with streaks of brown, mustard and magenta

This range of fibres will use the same fibre composition, and the collection will rotate through different colours and collections over time. Some colours will be restocked, and others may be temporary to allow space for other colours. Even if a colour is restocked the nature of the sari silk means it's unlikely that the next batch will be the same "dye lot". If consistency is going to be vital for your project please bear this in mind.


12.5% Llama,
12.5% Sari Silk,
12.5% Mulberry Silk,
62.5% Merino


Hand wash only. 

All these fibres, with the exception of the recycled sari silk have been professionally dyed to Okeo-Tex 100 certification. Sari silk can sometimes be prone to colour bleeding, caution is advised on the first wash. 

Established in 2011, Hilltop Cloud is run, and owned by Katie Weston. I live in rural mid-Wales and spend my days surrounded by colour, and beautiful fibre. I think I have the best job in the world and am really happy to be able to share what I create.

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