Matangi is dedicated to sourcing only the highest quality, eco-friendly and natural fabric as a raw material. Each garment is sewn locally and each piece a blank canvas in which art can be created upon. The clothing and textiles are hand-dyed in small batches over fire exclusively with natural dyes. Studies of colour combinations and the over-dyeing of colours are carried out to create a beautiful earthen palette that eventually makes its way onto a silk dress or finely handwoven linen shawl.
At times, pattern is created on the cloth by means of folding, clamping, hand-stitching, or tyeing the cloth in strategic ways to achieve an intended and always partially spontaneous design. Each piece is one of a kind. Dallas aims to use every possible remnant of cloth from the clothing production to create new by-products and artworks. It is her intention to also embrace undyed cloth or revamp vintage cloth in future collections, keeping the ecological footprint of Matangi forever at the forefront of the design process.
Matangi textiles are created at the ‘Tea Tree House’, a forested home and studio in Britannia Beach, which is located 45 mins north of Vancouver, BC. Whenever possible, the dyeing process takes place outside. There is always a line of silk garments drip drying in the mountain air. Dallas’ vision is to create a working outdoor studio in the future with wood burning dye stations, rainwater collection, and an outdoor sink for rinsing. A work in progress.
Matangi was created by Dallas Eresman in 2015, initially as a means to explore natural dyes and the fascinating array of colour that can be achieved with silk fabric. Taken by the sensuality of silk & its feeling when worn next to the skin, Dallas began designing a small womens’ and loungewear collection in hopes of reviving the everyday use of this luxurious, natural fabric.
Dallas is a practicing interdisciplinary artist with a background in painting, dance and performance art. The migration into textile art was a place to explore the intersection of the body and its movements with cloth and its utility and beauty. In addition to her studies at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Dallas received hands-on training from master dyers through her employment and studies with Maiwa Handprints in Vancouver, BC.