THE DESIRE TO COLLABORATE WITH ARTISANS TO PROMOTE THEIR «SAVOIR-FAIRE» IN THE CRAFTING OF A UNIQUE & ORGANIC PRODUCT, IS AT THE ORIGIN OF OUR JOURNEY.
IT STARTED IN TOULOUSE, IN THE HEART OF THE «COUNTRY OF COCKAIGNE» WHERE A BEAUTIFUL SHADE OF BLUE, EUROPEAN ANCESTOR OF THE INDIGO, WAS ELABORATED MORE THAN 500 HUNDRED YEARS AGO.
IT IS THIS COLOUR THAT IS AT THE HEART OR OUR CREATIVE PROCESS.
COCAGNE OR COCKAIGNE IS THE BALL OF WOAD LEAVES THAT GIVES THIS NOBLE AND NATURAL BLUE COLOUR COMING FROM ANCESTRAL DYEING TECHNIQUES.
WOAD IS ONE OF THE OLDEST NATURAL DYE STUFF ALREADY USED BY THE EGYPTIANS.
IN FRANCE, AT THE TIME OF RENAISSANCE, THE CITY OF TOULOUSE BECAME THE TRADING CENTRE OF WOAD AND WAS CALLED «LAND OF COCKAIGNE».
HOWEVER THE ARRIVAL OF INDIGO FROM INDIA AND THE INDUSTRIAL DYEING TECHNIQUES TRIGGERED THE END OF WOAD.
TODAY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ARTISANS, BLEU DE COCAGNE IS PROUD TO REINTRODUCE THESE UNIQUE SHADES OF BLUE.
Our products are hand dyed.
They are delicately dipped in Woad baths to get their unique shades of Blue.
It takes up to 8 baths to achieve the desired shade.
THE WOAD FLOWER PROVIDES A BLUE PIGMENT FROM ITS LEAVES BUT A PREMIUM OIL CAN ALSO BE EXTRACTED FROM ITS SEEDS.
THIS OIL HAS STRONG HYDRATING AND REGENERATING BENEFITS FOR THE SKIN.
THESE BENEFITS WERE ALREADY KNOWN DURING THE ANTIQUITY. INDEED, THE BOTANIC NAME OF WOAD IS “ISATIS TINCTORIA” AND IT COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD “ISADO” WHICH MEANS “TO CURE”.
WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN HAVING CREATED THESE PREMIUM SOAPS & OILS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH A FRENCH ARTISAN SPECIALIZED IN ORGANIC COSMETICS.
OUR PRODUCTS ARE 100% NATURAL, FREE OF PARABEN, SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE AND PALM OIL.
We carefully select premium natural fabrics to make our products.
Only the best fibres allow us to achieve a perfect Blue.
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Our products are designed in France.
Our manufacturing policy is to favour geographical proximity.
Our partners are renowned factories based in Europe.
The more you wash your products the more enhanced will be your Blue.
Indeed, Woad is not like Indigo. It does not fade out with washes. Once the fibre is dyed the colour is fixed and will keep its density over time.
First washes should be made with like colours.
Follow the Care Instructions specific to each product for the washing and drying.
To complement our ARTISANAL WOAD BLUE, in partnership with the best European Dye Houses, we develop some other beautiful colours that comply with the OEKO-TEX® certification.
OEKO-TEX® is an international standard that ensures the respect of the environmental standards and the use of non health hazardous dye stuff.