The whole idea, which has been in the works for months, was put together by the SA Rooibos Council (SARC), Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) and Storm in A-G Cup.
“While only 450 rooibos tea bags were used in the final design, the bulk of the donated tea bags were used to trial various styles. Rooibos tea was specifically chosen as it contains powerful antioxidants that help fight inflammation - a leading cause of cancer,” said Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SA Rooibos Council.
Isla Lovell, owner of Storm in A-G Cup says they’ve never shied away from a challenge.
“We were immediately drawn to the idea as we often use rooibos tea to dye our undergarments and have always flown the flag high for breast cancer survivors - our extensive mastectomy bra range is a testament to this.
“We were surprised at how versatile a product rooibos is - we experimented with the leaves, tea bags and even made beads from the packaging.
“The colouring process was the trickiest part as the final look was very much reliant on how the tea bags took to the dye.
“We used both rooibos tea leaves and natural pigment powders to dye the tea bags.”
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Thank you so much for all your tea bag donations, you’ve helped us create this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. A huge thank you to @storminagcup for helping to bring this idea to life! The #CANSARooibosBra will be auctioned at a private event later this year with proceeds going towards @cancerassociationofsouthafrica women’s health programmes. A big thank you to our model Sarah-Jane Thomas for your time and believing in this cause. #breastcancerawarenessmonth #Rooibos #design #bra
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The masterpiece will be auctioned in aid of Cansa’s women’s education programmes.