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 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. The ecological footprint of Matangi will forever be 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.