As a little girl Julia Kaleta would already spent summertime in the forest turning plants and herbs into her own herbarium. Years later “Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours” fell into her hands, which Charles Darwin himself had used to classify colours for his scientific observations.

This fascination with nature, a scientific approach and creative mind gave rise to her own book “The Atlas of Sustainable Colour(s)” – a compendium of graduated shades and tones derived from plants, food leftovers and bacteria. Laid out as a “growing book” this Atlas is still in the early stages of its journey.

Instead of defining the colour of the year, let us define the colour of the 21st century as a sustainable dye.

In a multi-disciplinary cooperation the Master student does her research on organic cotton, Tencel and Ahimsa silk with the aim of establishing an alternative dye industry, collecting dyestuffs and techniques to identify organic and natural dyes. It is also a call to re-discover fashion aesthetics. With her natural paint box the collector contributes to a healthierfashion system in harmony with the circular economy principles which are based on sustainable values such as cooperation and respect.