Before even texture and composition, colour is the main attraction of any yarn. Unfortunately, the process of dyeing fiber is not without environmental impact. In fact, it is estimated that almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Although there has been an increased interest in the development and use of natural dyes in recent years, even these require large quantities of water.
ARTFIL, a local company, has taken an innovative approach to addressing this problem and has perfected a technique for applying colour to yarn using “Air Dyeing Technology”. This process actually uses air instead of water to push dye into the fiber, allowing for the creation of vivid hues without polluting the environment. This AirDye technique has already been used for more than 10 years by companies such as Adidas. According to independent research, this process uses up to 95% less water and up to 86% less energy, contributing 84% less to global warming!
When employing the AirDye technique, ARTFIL treats the yarn as a canvas and applies the diluted dye as if painting. The colour is built up in layers, sprayed with compressed air directly into the fiber. The yarn is later steamed in order to fix the color.
Lisa and I had a first opportunity to see the ARTFIL yarns at Vogue Knitting Live in New York in January and then took a trip to the ARTFIL studio in Laval, Quebec a few weeks later. We were so impressed by the process and the stunning ARTFIL colourways, we couldn’t wait to add some to our shelves. We’re happy to share that our first order, Belle, arrived last week! Belle is the perfect sock yarn blend – 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. One skein is enough to complete a pair of socks while two will create a beautiful and generously sized lace shawl. Machine washable and versatile, Belle is suitable for all fingering weight projects.
ARTFIL yarns are spun and coloured in Quebec, Canada!
Shop ARTFIL Belle in our online store.