The lost art of Modrotlač
Slovakia is the only remaining place in Europe where the indigo dyeing tradition still lives. Brought to Europe in the 16th century by Dutch sailors and traders, Modrotlač – which means literally “blueprinting” – began its proper rise in the early 17th century, when Slovak craftsmen formed the first dyeing guilds.

The two most important components of Slovak blueprinting are Kypa and Pap. Kypa is the dyeing solution made from coal-like indigo, water, copperas and slaked lime. Pap is the masking mix on the base of painting clay and acacia.
Using the wooden stamping blocks the Slovak dyeing craftsmen would imprint the Pap on the fabric in different styles and patterns. When dried the Pap masked the fabric thoroughly so that the Kypa solution wouldn’t reach the imprinted areas. The master then soaked the masked fabric in Kypa and the number of soakings determined the final shade of blue.
The first ever indigo dyed pattern we decided to use was the traditional grid from Slovak region Orava inside the circle typical for Japanese Kamon designs. The mountain region Orava in the north of Slovakia is also the home of our indigo dyeing master who hand-produces all the blueprinted fabrics for NEHERA.
Our fabrics and designs are the modern interpretation of the unique artisanal heritage, both Slovak and Japanese.
Artisanal candles
The Nehera candles stand out with their unmistakable craftsmanship. An ode to simplicity and reconnection with nature. 100% natural ingredients and essential oils inside, 100% natural ingredients outside. The hand-poured wax is blended exclusively in Europe and made only from rapeseed and coconut oil, nothing more nothing less. Not a single cup is the same. Each piece is unique and originally handcrafted in Slovakia by a traditional potter. Poured with love and devotion, each ceramic cup elevates itself to an exclusive piece of design.