The desire to collaborate with artisans to promote their « savoir-faire »
in the crafting of a unique and organic product
is at the origin of our journey.
It started in Toulouse, at the heart of the « country of Cockaign »
where a unique shade of Blue was elaborated during the middle age and renaissance.
It is this organic Woad Blue that is at the heart of our creative process.
Woad is one of the oldest dye stuff. It was used by the Picts who painted themselves in Blue
to scare the Romans.
Cocagne or Cockaign is the bowl of Woad leaves that gives this noble and natural Blue color
coming from ancestral dyeing technics.
In France this tradition of dyeing with Woad was existing around the city of Amiens
(North of France) as of the 11th century.
At the time of Renaissance the region of Toulouse/Albi (south west of France)
became a major trading place for Woad and was called the « land of Cockaign »
(a country of abundance).
The majority of our products are hand dyed in Picardie/ France.
This is also where the flower is cultivated and processed to extract the pigment from its leaves.
The products are delicately dipped in the Woad vat to achieve this unique Blue color.
You need up to 6 dips to achieve a deep Blue.
For technical reason our Knitwear is dyed in an industrial environement in Italy.
We collaborate with a unique dye house that is specialised in Natural dye.
This process is certified « ecological » by Woolmark®.
WOAD FLOWER SEEDS
BODY CARE 100% ORGANIC
THE WOAD FLOWER PROVIDES A BLUE PIGMENT FROM ITS LEAVES BUT A PREMIUM OIL CAN ALSO BE EXTRACTED FROM ITS SEEDS.
THIS OIL HAS STRONG HYDRATING AND REGENERATING BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN.
THESE BENEFITS WERE ALREADY KNOWN DURING THE ANTIQUITY. INDEED, THE BOTANIC NAME OF WOAD IS “ISATIS TINCTORIA” AND IT COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD “ISADO” WHICH MEANS “TO CURE”.
WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN HAVING CREATED THESE PREMIUM SOAPS & OILS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH A FRENCH ARTISAN SPECIALIZED IN ORGANIC COSMETICS.
OUR PRODUCTS ARE 100% NATURAL, FREE OF PARABEN, SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE AND PALM OIL.
We favor Linen in our collections.
Linen is a noble and natural fabric. It culture has a limited impact on the environment.
It provides a sensation of well being all year round.
Our Linen is from European origin.
We carefully select premium natural fabric when designing our products.
Only the best fabrics allow us to achieve our unique shades of Blue.
Linen occcupies a large part of our selection but you will find other premium fabrics such as Extra fine Merino wool, blend of Linen & Wool, Modal & Cashmere…
Our products are designed in France.
Our manufacturing policy is to favour geographical proximity.
Our partners are renowned factories based in Europe.
The more you wash the more enhanced will be your Blue.
Our dyeing technic allows you to machine wash your products at 40° degree.
Make the first wash with like colors.
Follow the care instructions specific to each product since some fabrics may require a special care.