Color, Fiber, Plants & Healing

Wear Your Medicine is more than a tagline; it is a call to action-One that Seam Siren is deeply committed to initiating by bringing awareness to the knowledge of modern day science in combination with the wisdom of ancient cultures.

As our largest organ, the skin absorbs an estimated 65% of what is put on it- just think of Nicoderm and birth control patches- why would it stop with our clothing? There are over 8,000 chemicals used in clothes manufacturing many of which remain in the new clothes that enter our closets. These synthetic substances found in fibers and dyes enter into our bloodstream and many of them are known endocrine disruptors. When our endocrine system is out of balance, it can lead to a myriad of diseases and disorders.

A recent study conducted at Stockholm University found that not even organic cotton was a guarantee for non-toxic textiles. At Seam Siren, we have committed to creating awareness around the connection between health and fashion and believe that it’s time to start thinking about not only who makes our clothing, but also more importantly, what’s in our clothing.

Inspired by ancient traditions like Ayurvastra and the newer and more scientifically accepted concept of Chromotherapy, Siren Siren utilizes wildcrafted fiber made from the nettle plant in addition to botanical dyes to promote healing. Ancient cultures have practiced this form of healing for thousands of years. In short, this is the process by which color interacts with us through our pineal gland and creates a physiological change.

The concept of healing through fiber, plants and color can be found in many ancient cultures. One of the oldest examples of this is from the Indian tradition of Ayurveda. The term “Ayurvastra” means, “healing cloth” and is a combination of natural fibers and plant based dyes that facilitate healing in the body. For instance, if there were a diagnosis of Arthritis, the “prescription” would be plant-based clothing dyed in Turmeric, along with a formulation of many other specific herbs.

The history of color medicine dates back to 2000 BC and is as old as that of any other medicine. It was practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China and India and was applied via stones, dyes, ointments, and garments among other things. From a scientific perspective, colors create vibrations through the electromagnetic spectrum and affect both the physical and etheric bodies. “These colors generate electrical impulses and magnetic currents or fields of energy that are prime activators of the biochemical and hormonal processes in the human body.”

We utilize primary colors sourced from medicinal plants to transfer this ancient wisdom and science to our customers. Drawing from the principles of permaculture and biodynamic farming, we recommended wearing colors from roots in the winter and fall months, hues from leaves in the spring and early summer, and finally bright colors from berries and flowers in summer.

This season's color:

This season, we’ve been working with the beautiful blue hue of Indigo.

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