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H.E.R.B.S.
Hannah Braeken

H.E.R.B.S.

Healthy Environment, Remedy for Body and Skin

All week at Schellensfabriek | Downtown

The textile industry has a huge impact on nature and its workers because of all the chemicals that are used in production processes. Nienke started to wonder if these substances are removed from the textiles before we eventually use them. Can we turn this around?

The textile industry has a huge impact on nature and its workers because of all the chemicals that are used in production processes. Nienke started to wonder if these substances are removed from the textiles before we eventually use them. In a literature study, she discovered that many textiles still contain these harmful chemicals and that they can cause different disorders and diseases. The skin has an absorbing property, and therefore the chemicals can enter our bodies. Driven to raise awareness about this by showing a solution – and not only the problem – she started a research project to discover if textiles can also release substances that can be beneficial for our health and skin.

Herbs are known for their medicinal effects and are used in many ways to contribute to our health: by eating them, making them into medication or using them in cosmetics. Would they still have this effect when they are used as a textile dye?

During the Dutch Design Week you are invited to experience this yourself. Choose your own herbal dye bath from three different herbs and dye a t-shirt of your choice.


Studio Nienke Hoogvliet

Studio Nienke Hoogvliet is a design studio for material research, experimental and conceptual design. Nienke (1989, The Netherlands) works as a freelance designer for different companies and institutions but also continues her research in self-initiated design projects. The studio is based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Nienke founded her studio in 2013 and follows her heart ever since by focussing on materials that can contribute to a more holistic world.