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Setton J. Textiles specializes in the design, production, and sale of original patterns printed on silk and cotton using natural dyes. We screen print by hand in the U.S.A.

Our studio and showroom is located above the Warren General in Warren, CT. By appointment...or by chance. Come shop for beautiful blouses and other hand made treasures.

Warren Town Center, 2nd Floor
4 Cornwall Road, Warren, CT 06754



Custom Projects

We love commissions! We can start from scratch and design a custom pattern based on a theme or event, or working from our existing pattern catalogue, we can come up with custom colorways and combinations. Tell us about your ideas, for upholstery, curtains, table top, garments, scarves, etc and we can talk about refining them and creating yardage to suit your needs. You may also contact us for wholesale orders of our shirts.

  • Custom venetian slippers with our Armstrong pattern on silk poplin. Delicate but beautiful!

  • A boy's blanket for a Connecticut country house

  • Handloom indigo from Northern Nigeria printed with our Birds pattern, joined with vintage calico from the designer's collection

  • Project for a scarf to celebrate a 40th birthday, Egyptian theme for a celebration planned in Cairo.

  • Working out the border designs with Egyptian symbols

Our Process: Natural Dyes

  • 1. Scour

    Scouring is a thorough wash which removes any sericin (especially in wild silk), gums (especially in cotton) and other finishings that may have been imparted during the weaving process. This is done in a big pot brought to a boil with a gentle detergent and some washing soda. Cotton should be boiled for at least an hour, silk is more delicate and must be simmered but not boiled.

  • 2. Mordant

    A mordant -from the French "mordre", to bite- is a mineral salt that allows the dye to chemically bond with the fiber. The most used mineral historically has been aluminum sulfate -often shortened to alum- which has been mined for this purpose since roman times. In Indonesia they use the symplocos plant, a bio-accumulator of aluminum. Other mordants include, tin, copper and iron.

  • 4. Cure and Steam

    The printed fabric is set aside for at least two weeks to allow the dye penetrate; after which the fabric is steamed, to fixe the dye; and rinsed, to remove the excess ink.

  • 3. Print

    All our patterns start life with pen and paper. Once the design is finalized and the repeat set up, we make a screen -the “dirtiest” part of our process, since this uses a photographic-type emulsion to burn the image onto the silkscreen mesh. We make all our own inks with leaves, barks, roots and insects. They are prepared the night before a print run, in order for the color to develop, and the consistency to settle. The fabric is stretched and pinned in eight-yard segments on our printing table, and we then proceed to print in alternate panels, allowing the ink to dry so that it won’t smudge before returning to print the open spaces.

  • 6. Cut and Sew

    We make our shirts in the garment district of Manhattan or with a lovely seamstress in Windham, CT. We have decided to make shirts because shirts can be worn with anything, day or night, hot or cold, by men or women. Our fabric of choice is silk poplin, which drapes beautifully, and possesses the sheen of silk and the airiness of cotton, but we also print on habotai (the “traditional” silk), and organic cotton, for it’s cotton-ness! Our styles are adapted from shapes that have proven versatile, easy to wear and elegant whether with jeans or with an evening suit.