Sustainable – Organic Natural Fabrics
Our, Cotton, Wool, Silk and Hemp must meet regulations set by the Organic Trade Association regarding fiber processing, production, dyeing and non-toxic handling. When we use only certification organic fabrics the OTA ensures that our product is actually organic. Our sustainable fabrics leave the least impact throughout its lifespan, from embedded energy to carbon footprint, waste created, and transportation. All our textiles are colored by, nature (naturally colored), low impact eco-friendly dyes,botanical dyes, and tea dyes.
Organic Cotton – Much has been written about Organic Cotton it is the world’s most comfortable and versatile fabric. Organic Cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.
Organic Naturally Colored Cottons – The American Slaves prior to the Civil War grew Organic Naturally Colored Cottons. In many instances, slaves on plantations were not permitted to grow the white cotton of their masters. Brown cotton was the most commonly grown, but there are other naturally colored cottons such as green, blue, yellow, and pink cottons, and they all have their own subtle beauty.
Mud Cloth fabric is more than a beautiful hand painted work of art – it is an extraordinarily beautiful fabric incorporating many African proverbs. The unique and exotic colors and designs of mud cloth combine with an almost impossible to find hand spun and hand woven fabric to produce a rich and elegant garment. Mud cloth has become very popular in the U.S. and Europe. Each piece is made of 100% Cotton, and is completely and totally handmade, most often by men. They start the process by weaving cotton thread on a loom. Women traditionally hand paint and design the cloths. A mud cloth artist is much like any western artist. Each concept must be taught or learned over a long period of time. A person working in the art of mud cloth painting must learn how to make each of the different dyes
Peace Silk “Queen of Fiber”. Darling of the haute couture set for the luxurious feel Ahimsa or Peace Silk often comes from the Eri Silk Moth and the Tassar moth and comes mostly from India. The Ahimsa/ Peace Silk project in India is working to help develop the peace silk industry in India, train local artisans in the manufacturing of peace silks and raise global awareness for Ahimsa/ Peace Silks. In creating, Ahimsa/ Peace Silk, the silkworm is allowed to leave the cocoon before it is harvested. Each cocoon is individually inspected to make sure the moth has escaped before the silk thread is spun.
Organic Silk is silk that is cruelty free, chemical and dye free. Also called Wild Silk because the silk caterpillars are allowed to live complete and natural lives in the wild without being sacrificed for fashion.
Silk Noil is silk fiber reconstituted from waste silk and broken silk yarn. This is un-bleached and un-dyed and is available is various natural shades ranging from off-white to deep gold.
Mud Silk originates from the Ming dynasty (~1406 AD). It gets its name from the dyeing process, where the fabric is soaked in layers of mud and dyed in pure yam juice and grass. The mud silk manufacturing process is purely manual and extremely labor intensive, altogether needing 14 procedures. This process makes its quantity very limited. The fabric is actually rolled in mud from the bottom of a river to achieve the color, patina, and almost buttery texture.
Organic Wool – Sheep, Llamas, Goats and Alpacas provide us with wool, a fiber with many distinct features. Organic wool means no harsh detergents or chemical processes were used to manufacture it, and the wool-growers must use practices that encourage livestock best health. Alpaca Wool is a highly prized woolen fiber because of its natural hollow core. This provides superior insulation and warmth. The produce of Alpaca herds reared only for their wool (not their meat), in areas that are close to weaving and spinning centers would classify as Eco-Fibers. Sustainable Cashmere fabrics are made from non-allergenic natural goat fibers. They are animal-friendly, sustainable living environment and the fiber has a super lux hand.
Organic Washed Wool
More than a beautiful hand, sustainable organic merino wool knits are boiled with eco-friendly detergent results in a fabric that is distinctive for its lux softness, texture and stretch. This fabric is soft as cashmere.
Hemp is one of the most versatile Eco-Fibers that there are. Uses of hemp range from fibers for textile products, paper pulp, clothing and building products. Hemp can be grown pesticide, herbicide, and fungicide free. Hemp is hypoallergenic, Hemp is 100% biodegradable, and Hemp is a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy. While the idea of hemp does evoke images of rope and dull clothes, nothing could be further from its modern day avatar! Hemp fibers make amazing lux fabrics and textiles products.
Linen is made from flax, another traditional fiber crop that needs few chemical fertilizers, and less pesticide than cotton. Linen is been grown without toxic herbicides, fertilizer, fungicides or insecticides.
Organic Linen is made from flax that is grown in a sustainable manner, which means that the earth’s resources won’t be damaged or depleted in the growing of the plants. Although the change from chemically-dependent agriculture to natural, sustainable agriculture isn’t without challenges, the result is an industry that is beneficial not only environmentally, but also for growers, manufacturers, designers and other users of organic linen products.