Hollyhock (Alcea rosea L.) // Plant Family: Malvaceae
Hollyhocks belong to the same family as hibiscus, okra, and cotton. The black flowers, or Black Malva, have been used for dyes for silk, cotton, and leather, and in the 19th century in Germany, they were used to color wines, and eventually to color fibers.
For SS18 we dyed our Swiss Raw Silk and Belgian Linen with dried Hollyhock in our outdoor Brooklyn studio, yielding a soft blue-grey.
Ridge Fringe Hoops in Hollyhock Raw Silk
Agustin Necklace in Hollyhock Linen, photographed in Portugal
Hitch Bracelet in Hollyhock Raw Silk (middle)