The Cabin – Touch nature
For Elena Goded, founder of ÁBBATTE, her favourite place to work is the dye cabin which is the most recent construction by the craftwork company. It has a Scandinavian feel and houses the dyeing workshop.
This Valsaín pinewood cabin is located in a pine grove on the northern slope of the Sierra de Guadarrama. It is home to the workshop – a dyeing space, where pigments from different plants are extracted and the threads are dyed to then be woven into the brand’s pieces.
With the help of Koto, Emilio García Conde, has brought craftsmanship to the architecture too, creating a space that emanates calm and tranquility where the tubs and tanks for the natural dyes can be made. Using a simple and natural aesthetic, even though the cabin is small at just 30m2, it is also functional and can accommodate all the elements and processes that are needed to dye our pieces.
Reviving forgotten practices constitutes another mark of ÁBBATTE’s identity with the use of natural dyes. Getting the desired color used to be left in the hands of the spinning supplier but currently, ÁBBATTE makes some of its own dyes using plants.
The natural dyeing process that we usually carry out in the cabin uses a dye extracted from plants, in other words, from vegetable origin. The dyeing extracts come from different parts of the plants, they can be found in the roots, berries, bark, leaves, flowers, etc.
At ÁBBATTE we usually dye the fibres after they have been spun but before being woven, to make sure they take the colour as evenly as possible.
cabin is sustainable and as Zach Klein (1982), who has decided to spread the idea and the inspiration to build a tranquil place with his book “Cabin Porn” says, with a cabin you deal with a vital paradigm shift which outlines a type of fetish “the necessity to stop living online in order to live offline. For those who don’t want to be tied to excess or unnecessary luxury, the choice to be sustainable has as many paths as life does”.
Text: María Olmos Mochales
Photos: Pablo Gómez-Ogando