Terra Clotha was started by the late textile artist Lori Kerr. Her family has continued her work.
We produce bright, colorful clothing using a technique known as vat dyeing. Typically, we dye T-shirts for children and adults; baby clothes, including onesies and bubble rompers; dresses and skirts; hats; and silk neckties. The dye tends to collect in the folds, giving the piece a variegated design. After the clothing has been laundered and dried, we typically give it an overdye bath in a second color. The overdye process gives the piece a richness that usually cannot come from a single dye color. Many of us learned to mix colors by drawing with crayons in kindergarten; yellow and blue make green, blue and red make purple, etc. While the overdye process does give such mixtures, of course, the finished whole with my clothing is often more than the sum of its parts. Not only is there sometimes evidence of the original colors, but the fact that the colors collect in different patterns in subsequent dye baths means that each piece of clothing has its own individual pattern, and the same patterns cannot be reproduced exactly from piece to piece, dye bath to dye bath.
The blank clothing stock we use is quite durable, and the fiber-reactive dye holds its color very well. After a piece of clothing has been dyed, laundered, and dried, then re-dyed, laundered, and dried, we decorate it in our studio either by sewing on an appliqué, or by silkscreening it with an original design. Appliqués feature designs that have been rubber stamped onto the fabric with silkscreen ink.