Fashion made locally, ethically, naturally...

MY PRODUCTS

Versatile and easy to wear, each garment is designed, printed and dyed by me in the studio. I design each garment, make every pattern, source and naturally process the fabrics, gather my leaves for eco-printing, and print and dye each garment. Pieces that aren't sewn by me are sewn by local garment-makers here in the Wairarapa.

Eco-printed silk by Ceara Lile at Perpetua Studio

SILK

Luxuriously comfortable and strong, silk stands the test of time and is naturally pesticide free.  Silk requires less processing than plant-based fibres to print and dye so uses less water and generates less waste.

Eco-printed silk scarf at Perpetua Studio

BESPOKE KEEPSAKES

Carry the memory of your special day (or a special person) with you every day.  I work directly with you to eco-print the foliage from your bouquet or garden into a silk scarf.  This is truly a one-of-a-kind keepsake. 

SOFT FURNISHINGS

Cushion covers made from up-cycled 100% wool blankets (the kind we grew up sleeping beneath) and sumptuous eco-printed silk pillow-cases to help bring a feeling of relaxed luxury to your home.

Eco-printed silk pillow-cases at Perpetua Studio

GIFTS

Treat someone you love (or yourself) with something unique from my studio. Each of these gift ideas is sure to make the recipient feel cherished.

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COTTON BLENDS

Made from locally sourced luxury hotel linens, these gorgeous garments are each dyed and/or printed with leaves, bark and other plant material.

A LOOK AT MY PROCESSES

Each garment I make begins as a plain piece of fabric.  Using leaves and bark that I gather locally on my wanderings and bicycle rides around Featherston I lay, wrap and cook designs and patterns into the fabric - a method of pigment transfer called eco-printing. 

 

Plants impart their own natural pigments into the fabric.  Factors like seasonality and location affect the final results, so each piece of fabric is a unique, creative experiment lead by nature.

 

My dye-pots are filled with lichen, bark, leaves, fruits, vegetables and flowers in order to create backgrounds for my eco-prints or more solid-coloured fabrics. 

Garment patterns by Ceara Lile at Perpetua Studio

A WORKING STUDIO

Perpetua Studio is a working studio as well as a shop.  I spend a few days each week, designing, sewing, printing and dyeing to create beautiful garments for you to wear.

Weekends are when the studio is open for you to come in and shop.  

From Wednesday to Friday I am happy to open the shop to you by appointment. Please contact me in advance to arrange this.

HOURS

WED - FRI:  By appointment only

SATURDAY:   10am - 5.30pm

SUNDAY:   10am - 5.30pm

IN THE MEDIA

NZ Life & Leisure Magazine

Issue #97, May/June 2021