Good news today for lovers of truly unique, one-of-a-kind underthings — or anybody who goes out of their way to support authentic eco-conscious fashion labels.
It’s a large and somewhat eccentric collection from a designer who clearly marches to her own drummer. There’s a sheer longline bra, a dramatic tulip-shaped corset, vintage-inspired high-waisted knickers and a variety of silk negligees, slips and kimonos … and lots more.
What sets Rio’s work apart, however, is an approach to printmaking that is truly and literally unique. Using dyes from natural sources (plants, fruits, insects) and rust from corroded copper and iron, Rio creates one-of-a-kind patterns based on the Japanese art of shibori — an ancient printmaking method that was the inspiration for your rubber-bands-and-Tintex tie-dye T-shirts.
Rio is sufficiently skilled at her art that she achieves a remarkable range of hues and tones from such unlikely sources. Iron rust is the base dye for a spectrum of oranges, grays, purples and blacks, while her fruit concoctions yield some surprising jewel tones.
And of course all of this is brought to life using sustainable fabrics such as organic cottons, bamboo and silks.
The only problem with the new R.A.W. Textiles collection is that it’s still hard to find. The new website doesn’t yet have a shopping cart for online purchases, and the only stockists listed are Coco De Mer in Los Angeles and Glamorous Amorous in the U.K. Best advice is to contact Rio directly through her website or Facebook page.
In the meantime, here are some tantalizing images from this admirable new collection.