Fabric Guide

The way a wedding dress looks visually is vitally important, but equally as important is how it feels, or to be more specific, how it makes the bride feel. Every bride deserves that one special day where she can indulge every fashion fantasy she’s ever had into one luxurious and indulgent dress. That dress needs to have a life of its own so that it can truly embody the bride and her energy on that one exceptional day.  It should represent her dreams coming true whether they are reserved and elegant or lavish and extravagant.

These are the sustainable fabrics we use to create your beautifully soft wedding dress- a healthier option for your skin, as well as ethical and eco-friendly.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown without the use of any synthetic pesticides, fertilisers or chemicals. This fabric is natural, renewable and biodegradable. It is softer and healthier for the skin, as well as comfortable and absorbent.

Khadi

Khadi cloth is woven from 100% fair traded organic cotton which is spun into yarn on a spinning wheel. It is a very unique and versatile fabric, which keeps the wearer cool in summer and warm in winter. The fabric is hand-woven by women from the Khokana village in Nepal, which has been progressively recovering since the 2015 earthquake.

Organic cotton is a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre which is grown naturally without any toxic or potentially toxic chemicals such as pesticides, insecticides and synthetic fertilizers. Healthy soil is full of nutrients and its organic matter retains water better than chemically dependent soil, placing less strain on precious water resources.

Khadi Peplum coat

This beautiful unique piece is a great example of hand spun organic cotton made in the Khokana Village

Bamboo

The bamboo fabric in Sanyukta Shrestha’s collection is hand spun and weaved by women from Tushi Meher Mahila Ashram in Nepal. Bamboo is a highly sustainable crop as it does not claim farming land, grows very fast and needs minimal care. It is a much better CO2 extractor and oxygen emitter than trees, and is also biodegradable. Bamboo has thermo-control, anti-microbial and anti-static properties that make it sit well next to the skin. The fabric is extremely suitable for healthy clothing, especially for young and sensitive skin. Bamboo also protects from UV light. With its soft and natural surface sheen, Bamboo is sometimes referred to as ‘cashmere from plants’.

Hemp

Hemp is resistant to UV light, mould, mildew, salt water and abrasion. It is renewable, does not exhaust the soil, uses little water, and requires no pesticides or herbicides, growing very quickly in any kind of climate.

Hemp is regarded as “golden fibre”, not just for its natural golden colour, but also for its extraordinary properties. Hemp fabrics are breathable, hypoallergenic and have strong thermal qualities. The fibre is considered the strongest known to mankind next to silk, making hemp textiles very durable.

Wild Hemp

The wild hemp in Sanyukta Shrestha’s collection is hand loomed in Nepal where local villagers collect the fibre through a controlled process, so as to not adversely affect the ecological balance.

Milk

The fabric is created by upcycling milk casein- a by-product of the pasteurising process. Essential a recycling process it takes the waste products of skimmed milk and uses them to create a renewed energy that reflects its natural source. With similar properties to human skin it contains seventeen amino acids and natural anti-bacterial properties meaning it is very healthy for skin as well as being comfortable. The hydrating and nourishing properties of milk are transferred into the fabric and are light and soft on the skin meaning milk fabric feels like the ultimate luxury to wear. With anti-bacterial properties the fabric also ensures a fresh feeling for brides all day long.

The fabrics made from milk fibre are also biodegradable meaning that ecologically they are good for the planet as well.

Wild Nettle

Sanyukta Shrestha uses nettle which is collected by Nepali villagers from community forests in a sustainable manner, to preserve the natural ecology of the environment that it is sourced. Chemicals are shunned in favour of traditional bleaching, such as ash. The fibre is eventually hand-spun into fabric by the villagers.

Soya

Soya fabric is known as the ‘vegetable cashmere’ because of its luxurious light and silky feeling that smoothly caresses the body with its natural drape. The fabric is made from the hulls of soybeans, which is a manufacturing by-product. The fabric has minimal impact on the environment as it is biodegradable. Soya fabrics are moisture absorbent, enhancing comfort, particularly in hotter climates. It also has anti-bacterial properties and is UV resistant.

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