We offer a natural dyeing service for the Brooklyn community.
By partnering with local restaurants and community gardens who donate their food & plant waste to us, we are able to collect enough dyestuff to extract color to dye your old clothes.
Reinvent your wardrobe - give your clothes a second chance.
An initiative of Maria Romero Studio to reduce mass consumption.
The Fullery of Stephanus at Pompeii ruins
A primarily important activity in the city of Pompeii was the fullonica: the laundry & dye house. Throughout the city there were at least 13 workshops working raw wool, 7 for spinning and weaving, 9 for dyeing, and 18 for washing.
Fulleries were an important business in ancient Pompeii. Fullers processed, dyed, and washed cloth. Washing was accomplished by soaking cloth in solutions of soda and urine. The urine-hardened fabric was then treated with clay (the best quality material had to be imported from the Aegean islands) or with soil coming from Umbria region, then it was beaten to tighten and soften its weave and finally re-washed to make it shrink. The fabric was then carded with porcupine spines. White and dyed fabrics underwent a “sulphurization” process twice to make them brighter; then, they were re-coated with clay, soil, or pumice stone if white. Finally they were brushed, sheared, and ironed under a press.
The fullery of Stephanus also included a private residence and it stood conveniently next door to the workshop of Verecundus, the textile manufacturer.
Last year I visited Pompeii's ruins, I spent a long time at the Stephanus's Fullery, amazed by it, trying to imagine how all worked back in the day, since then I wanted to bring this activity back to the city, a year later Tintoreria will be serving the Brooklyn community.