It looks like a picture postcard but that's me outside our rented villa in San Gimignano wearing one of my felted wearable vests and getting ready to be picked up for the one hour drive to Prato to visit Gaia of DHG (Dyeing House Gallery).
Knowing I was going to be in Tuscany in October '15, I contacted Gaia months ago and asked if I could come visit. Not only did she say yes, she also graciously invited me on a tour of the dyeing house which is about 20 minutes from DHG's Prato location.
And BTW, you can shop on-line and buy directly from DHG; they ship worldwide. For more info, click HERE.
It was such a pleasure to meet Gaia and learn about her family's dyeing business and how she got started selling beautifully dyed roving, silk and other fibers to felters.
My visit to DHG was a real highlight of my trip to Tuscany and I thank you Gaia and team for opening up your facility to me. Hope to see you again in the future.
|Donatella was so gracious to assemble my order and vacuum pack it so that it was easy for me to transport on my flight back to the USA.
|I was like a kid in a candy store buying product at DHG in Prato, Italy
|Any speaking of candy store, these are DHG's Sugar Candies.
|Gaia in the lab area of the dyeing house.
|Cones ready to be submerged in a dye bath.
|Amazing to see the enormity of the process for commercially dyeing cones, staple and sliver.
|Wool being wetted down before dyeing
|Wool coming out of the dye pot
|A big thank you to Gaia and Donatella