To a Tea: CrafTea Designs to Introduce New Product Lines

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Tea industry publisher and entrepreneur Janis Badarau has re-branded her Tea Dyed Tees business to CrafTea Designs as she diversifies her product lines.

I never use commercial dyes or chemical additives; my dyes consist of only pure, natural tea.

Following a successful year of operations for Tea Dyed Tees, a specialty apparel and accessories business, tea industry publisher and entrepreneur Janis Badarau has re-branded the company as CrafTea Designs.

The new name reflects the company's diversification into additional tea-related gift products.

Amongst the new product lines, which will be introduced in time for holiday shopping, are tea-dyed ribbons of lace and embellished fabric; origami teapot jewlery; and tea leaf bead jewelry.

All products are completely hand-crafted, all-natural, and eco-friendly.

Based in Lavonia, Georgia, Badarau is best known among specialty tea professionals for her online publications The Cat-Tea Corner and TeaGuide Worldwide Tea Directory. But on the side, she has perfected a method for dyeing clothing and accessories with tea. These products are offered to the public and trade via Tea Dyed Tees website.

Although the art of tea dyeing (or, as Badarau says it's more appropriately called, staining) fabric with tea has been around since at least the 19th century, modern techniques often have incorporated artificial dyes and chemicals to stabilize the colors.

Badarau, however, has developed an all-natural formula for tea dyeing that stabilizes and enhances the full spectrum of tea colors. She never uses commercial dyes or chemical additives, and stresses that her dyes consist of only pure, natural tea.

Most products on the website -- including the unique Genuine Tea Shirt -- fall within the $20-$50 range of retail prices. Badarau notes that she will do custom work for individuals, groups, and tea room and gift shop owners. Visit the website at or contact Janis Badarau at CeaiFrumoasa(at)gmail(dot)com.

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