• Exhibition

Natural Indigo: New Luxury from Northern Fields

  • Fashion and textile design
  • Sustainability
Sep 5, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 6, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 7, Sat 09:00-17:00
Sep 9, Mon 08:00-21:00
Sep 10, Tue 08:00-21:00
Sep 11, Wed 08:00-21:00
Sep 12, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 13, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 14, Sat 09:00-17:00
Otaniementie 14
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all

Location: Väre, Bridge K2, Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo
Open: 5-26 September 2019

One fifth of the water pollution caused by global industry is due to the dyeing of textiles and the synthetic chemicals used in the process. Some regions of the world already have polluted groundwater because of the textile industry’s activities.

From 2018 to 2019, the Crops4Luxury (Peltoluksus) project studied special crops that could replace synthetic textile dyes sustainably and ethically. Blue is the rarest color in nature, and in Finland, a crop called dyer’s woad (värimorsinko) yields a non-toxic blue dye. Already centuries ago before chemical colors were developed, dyer’s woad was used in Europe for production of textile dyes. Today this ancient plant dye can be cultivated on a large scale and used in industrial textile colouring processes.

The exhibition showcases how design can enhance the aspect of added value and eco-luxury in the context of a bio-economy. We need alternative approaches to the current fast fashion system, and through an eco-luxury approach we can build a new understanding towards a more sustainable future with fewer synthetic chemicals and a less damaging environmental impact.

Crops4Luxury was a collaboration project between Natural Indigo, the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and Aalto University. The project was funded by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.

Working group: Kirsi Niinimäki, Pirita Lauri, Essi Karell, Julia Valle Noronha, Emil Lyytikkä & Arttu Åfeldt,  Design department, Aalto University; Natural Indigo Finland;, researchers from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
Contact: kirsi.niinimaki@aalto.fi

Meet the researchers.

Monday 23 September, 16:00-19:00

Location: Väre, K2 brigde

Welcome to the exhibition and hear more about  the research project from Kirsi Niinimäki (aalto University) and Pasi Ainasoja (Natural Indigo Finland).

This exhibition is part of Aalto University’s Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition ensemble at Otaniemi.
More info: bit.ly/acoolerplanet

Aalto University Otaniemi: Designs for a Cooler Planet

Aalto University Otaniemi: Designs for a Cooler Planet

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