- R.A.W. founder & designer Rio Wrenn
R A W Textiles is a production dye studio in Portland, Oregon, that specializes in natural dyed, shibori, and rusted textiles. The R.A.W. label started in 2009 creating one collection a year that included natural fibre lingerie, corsets, and loungewear. All of the collectionʼs fabrication and the dyeing of the textiles in the collections were done at the R.A.W. studio in Portland.
In 2013, Rio Wrenn, the owner and artist behind the brand decided it was time to strip the collections down and revisit the main driving force behind the label: a strong desire and love for textile design and the processes that she has developed since 2001. These processes are directly inspired by the tension between the soft and hard found within the sexuality of botany and spirit of nature. This tension gives way to serendipitous manipulation and a sweet surrender to the process. “My love of botany and the natural world is infused in every thing I make. Now is the time to bring this beauty and love to the next level.”
That next level is expanding R A W Textiles reach. Rio explains, “Our focus is textile collections that will be available to designers in apparel and interiors. This will include licensing, and custom pattern development, to traditional textile production. There will be several dye colors that will only be available seasonally. This is to create cyclic harmony with the seasons here in the NW United States. Many of the plant material are collected in quantities that can only be replenished every season. This is great for small runs in collections.”
THE METHOD - UNIQUE, HEIRLOOM-QUALITY & HAND CRAFTED
The methods that Rio has developed as a self taught textile artist to dye the fibre include, immersion, composting, fermentation, shibori, rust printing, patination, katazome, soy, and silkscreen. The dyes used to impart color range from, insects, rust, copper, trees, and plant concentrates, to a multitude of plants grown in her own garden or collected in her walking route.
Mass production is not our focus, but because of fastidious note taking and her desire to reproduce results, we can hand dye in small batches that quantify. The results of each batch dyed has variations that make it individual and one of a kind. These variations bring life to the end product. Our desire has always been to create heirloom quality textiles and garments.