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A shop for well made, handcrafted goods by artists and makers curated by Lauren Musacchio. 

Honest Alchemy

Textile and Accessory
Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 2010, Honest Alchemy is a sustainable textile and accessory design company that uses 100% natural fibers and plant-based pigments. Handmade by Philadelphia-based artist Elizabeth McTear, each piece is made with a deliberate consideration for tradition and timeless style. Drawing inspiration from the elements and nature, she strives to create goods that reflect her vision of utilitarian art for the everyday. Elizabeth's reverence for her craft is unmistakable – her indigo stained hands tell the story of a maker who doesn’t compromise quality or cut corners.

On any given night of the week, Elizabeth is at her studio feeding her living artwork. Perched over a bubbling cauldron of organic natural indigo dye, she meticulously feeds the live bacteria that ferment her dye bath a regimented diet of wheat bran and sake. Fermenting her dye, feeding it, keeping it warm – the continual care required of her craft is exemplary of her devotion to sustainable textile design.