top of page

On the Map 2022, #6 Pilar Alonso from La Tintorista in Barcelona, Spain

Happy Springtime! Last indigo journey of March is from Pilar Alonso, a founder of La Tintorista Studio in Barcelona, Spain. This episode provides both English and Spanish versions.

1. Location & Environment

All photos were submitted by Pilar Alonso

We grow indigo plants in Barcelona, Spain. We are located near Llobregat River, which provides us nice water and offers a peaceful setting, despite being so near to the city.

2. Indigo plants & practices

We have grown Persicaria Tinctoria for three years now. It has been our best year, and we hope to grow some more for next season. We dye garments for us and for others, including brands, both with fresh leaves and fermented indigo vats. We are becoming more professional this year regarding the indigo pigment extraction process.

3. Culture & Story of the region

We are Spanish-Catalan culture, and speak both languages. We had not previously had direct contact with indigo dyers until we started learning natural dye in 2017. We did not even think about growing indigo until 2018 when we stayed in the Tokushima area, attending a Buaisou team workshop. There, we saw those wonderful Persicaria Tinctoria fields and fell in love with all indigo processes. We are developing our own in Barcelona’s climate, which so far is going perfectly for us, and our experience and knowledge is improving every year.

Pilar Alonso is developing her own brand called "Ninenuts".

" Ninenuts is a brand whose materials are 100% natural.

The products are 100% Biodegradable.

From de land to the land.

Created with Spanish artisans and lots of love.

For our mammal tribes. "

Spanish version

"Cultivamos Persicaria Tinctoria desde 2019. Estamos ubicados en la província de Barcelona, cerca del río Llobregat, en los campos de cultivo cercanos a la ciudad.

El clima parece acompañarnos y cada año cultivamos y aprendemos un poco más. Nuestro proyecto es moderado pero constante.

Nos encanta trabajar las hojas frescas, y la extracción de pigmento, que seguimos investigando para conseguir un pigmento lo más puro posible.

Nuestro interés por el cultivo de índigo apareció tras la visita a Buaisou en 2018, Japón. En nuestra cultura española-catalana, no habíamos vivido nada similar ni relacionado con las plantas de índigo, y nos fascinó. Un año más tarde, decidimos empezar nuestra aventura de cultivo y hoy nos sentimos afortunados. "



bottom of page