Journey of Colors

My family knows the language of the plant and the soil. Since I grew up on the farm, I learned their language a little, I still need to read, listen, see and learn a lot. The lands we live in have a large color palette. Each region gives different colors according to the season. You should know that the soil and the plants are in contact with each other, they see you, smell you and have a memory. It is not an easy thing to be a forager. Plants guide you; you cannot guide the plants. You can only be their messenger.

The very old tradition of our Anatolia is natural dyeing. I created my own color scale with the research and experiments I made based on this ancient knowledge. In addition, I formulated the methods of obtaining dyes from the soil and plants of other geographies according to my own usage conditions. It takes many processes to get the pigments of plants. It is necessary to know how to use the earth, sea and fire. It is important that is resistant to natural conditions such as light, friction and humidity over the years.

Plants whose pigments I use the most; chamomile, walnut, sumac, cuneiform, indigo and rubia. Rubia is madder Alizarin dye also called Ottoman Red and its formula has been preserved for years.

I also get pigment from the soil. It is mostly from streams and rocky regions.

“Plants were inventing photosynthesis and perfecting organic chemistry as we learned to do justice to consciousness and walk on two legs.”
- Michael Pollan