Frequently asked questions

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a holistic and nuanced Vedic system of health and wellness that developed in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda recognizes three doshas or body types (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) that are each governed by different elements. The goal of Ayurveda is to help the individual live in balance mentally, physically and spiritually according to her specific body type and environment. Traditional Indian plants and herbs are used to help aid the healing and balancing process. There are prescribed methods and specific ratios and combinations of herbs that are used to heal and balance. AyurSatwa artisanal natural and medicinal dye baths are crafted with powerful Ayurvedic herbal and plant combinations to support balance and wellness within the body, mind, spirit and environment.

Do Ayurvedic medicinal dyed fabrics really heal?

Ayurvedic medicinally dyed fabrics and products can be used to support balance in the body. They are safe to use by anyone and are especially beneficial for people and babies with sensitive skin. For example, our products that are treated and colored with manjistha (Indian madder) are cooling and Pitta balancing. This is an ideal product for people with Pitta imbalances, sensitive skin, for use during hotter months and post-yoga or exercise. Manjistha lends a cooling element and helps soothe the body from excess aggravating Pitta. Medicinally dyed fabrics are NOT a replacement for treatment by a doctor or professional for health conditions and diseases, but are ideal for supporting a regiment of health and well-being.

Are AyurSatwa’s products really toxin-free?

We strive to make products that are beneficial for individuals, uplift communities and are not harmful to our environment. We are constantly thinking of ways to improve the ecosystem of textile production and natural dyeing methods and are committed to making dye baths that are toxin-free. Working in small batches allows us to keep tight control over the quality of our dyes and ensure a process that has zero waste by-products.. All the plants and herbs we use to infuse our threads are composted and reused in our organic garden. Textile waste is reused to create handmade paper. Because our dye baths are toxin-free and all natural, we are able to pour the remainder of dye baths straight into our organic garden to keep all our plants happy and strong. Got any ideas you’d like to share with us? Get in touch here

What is handloom?

Handloomed textiles are individually woven by hand, one piece at a time, by generational weaving communities of India on wooden frame looms. There is no electricity used for the looms and instead it is the skill, dexterity and experience of the artisan that powers the loom and creates the cloth. Usually, the weavers’ entire family and community is engaged in the weaving work and like this skills and knowledge are passed on from one generation to the next. Handloom textiles are created with natural fabrics like cotton, silk and jute. The yarns are spun by hand and each woven piece has slight differences and nuances which distinguish the look and feel as made by hand. Handloomed cloth is called khadi. During the Indian Indepence movement, Mahatma Gandhi called on all Indians to spin their own yarn and wear only khadi cloth to gain economic and personal independence from colonial rule. In fact, weaving of cloth was a form of civil disobedience under colonial rule and a symbol of freedom. All of AyurSatwa’s textiles, yoga and meditation mats and other lifestyle products are handloomed. We believe the tradition of handloom textiles supports the independence and sustenance of communities, the environment, and creates unique and beautiful textiles. We are proud to be a part of an important Indian heritage.

How do I care for AyurSatwa products?

Since we use all natural fabrics and colors, the care is quite simple.

  1. DO use only mild detergents to wash your garments. Soapnut is what we recommend as a natural, non-toxic and gentle cleanser. All AyurSatwa products are sold with a soapnut starter kit with instructions on how to use.
  2. DO dry in the shade.

  3. DO use frequently to garner full benefits.

  4. DO wash separately.

  5. DO NOT dry clean or use harsh chemicals to clean.

  6. DO NOT dry in direct sunlight. Since all the colors are completely plant-based and chemical free, direct sunlight will lead to fading.

  7. DO NOT store in plastic bags or boxes. It’s best to keep AyurSatwa fabrics breathing and stored in natural wood boxes or cloth bags.

Where can I buy AyurSatwa products?

AyurSatwa products are sold exclusively through retail partners and wellness retreats. Please contact us for a list of retail partners in your area. If you are visiting Jaipur, you can visit schedule a private workshop to get an inside look at how our products are made. If you would like to request a wholesale product catalog and connect to see how you can collaborate with AyurSatwa for an exclusive product, please use our wholesale form.

Can I visit the AyurSatwa workshop?

If you are visiting Jaipur, we can organize a custom workshop for you to see and understand our medicinal and plant dyeing processes as well as get an inside look at our latest developments. To schedule a private workshop for you or your group, please contact us. Have a question that hasn’t been answered above? Please drop us a message by email or through our contact form: gauri@ayursatwa.com

What is the difference between medicinal and plant dyes?

Natural plant dyes are extracted from flowers leaves and tree barks which may or may not have medicinal properties. We use plant based colours because they are natural, non-toxic, chemical-free and eco-friendly. Natural plant dyes do not have any toxic residues and do not contaminate the water. We used natural plant dyes to impart color to threads and fabrics and because they don’t irritate skin. Natural plant dyes are in fact soothing and pampering for all skin types. To vary colors and intensity, we use mordants like aluminum sulphate, zinc oxide, copper, iron and tannic acids. You can dye either the thread or the fabric for natural plant dye colors. Our medicinal plant dyes are based on the holistic healing system of Ayurveda. The use of medicinally dyed threads and handwoven fabrics is based around the idea that your skin is the largest organ of the body and continuously breathing and absorbing. Subsequently, any fabric touching your skin impacts your body system by being absorbed by the skin and released into blood vessels. Ayurvedic medicinal dyes use herbs and plants in prescribed combinations and ratios to produce ailment specific dye baths. The focus is not on the color, but rather the healing properties of herbs and plants. dye baths are produced without the use of mordants to ensure the highest level of purity. Ayurvedic medicinal dyed fabrics are created specifically by dyeing the threads which are then woven and loomed into fabrics. By dyeing threads, the medicinal herbs reach the core of the fabric while the weaving process interlocks the medicinal and healing properties into the cloth. Wearing fabrics that are formulated for your Ayurvedic Dosha support healthy balance in the body.

What is the difference between dyeing threads vs. fabrics?

We recommend dyeing handspun natural fiber threads before they are woven into fabrics to ensure a consistency in the overall color of the fabric. Dyeing fabrics can result in an inconsistent color, some areas being darker than other. Additionally, weaving textiles with natural plant medicinally dyed threads aids in strengthening the infusion of the herbs into the textile, allowing the energetic and healing properties of the herbs to last longer.