Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Playing in the Dirt!

So I am taking my voyage to Italy to a little place called Umbria, a small region east of Tuscany. I have discovered an interesting collaboration between farmer and designer. Italian designer Francesco Mugnaini has come up with an idea to "plant t-shirts", yes , t-shirts. Sounds simple but the idea is much more complex and interesting then just you average t-shirt. The idea is to create t-shirts and plant them in the ground and the design part is up to nature. When Francesco met Scottish farmer  Sebastian Runde, he knew he could execute his idea. Runde is an organic farmer , who's farm is located in our destination, Umbria! After much trial and error they finally found the right material to use, an organic silk. The t-shirts are then produced locally and all material used are environmentally friendly. Once the shirts are planted they let nature runs its course, the way the earth reacts to the silk allows for different designs and colors to form on the material. Each shirt has its own unique markings , which makes looking at each one more fascinating and interesting. But don's judge a book by its cover, at first it may seem as though it is just  a t-shirt with some dirt on it, but it is much more then that. If you look closely you can see different designs and colors throughout, an underlying example of how beautiful the earth can be. This idea is any fashionistas ideal way to play in the dirt!

The front and back of one of the woman's t-shirt designs

Check out the Website,Article, and learn a little about our destination Umbria! (T-shirt website) - (About Umbria)


  1. OK! that is totally awesome!! I kinda want to try that out for myself :)

  2. Thank you very much for checking out RIGHT AS RAIN, it helps to read people feedback. We love our project and it is wonderful to read that other people do as well.

    Greetings from the farm in Umbria