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. Soft and highly absorbent, organic cotton is gentle against the skin, hypoallergenic, weatherproof and famous for its durability. Organic Cotton is about investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and farmer livelihoods. When it comes to numbers, organic cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy compared to conventional cotton.
Our work with Fair Trade organisations in Nepal is driven by the purpose to provide jobs for marginalised women, keep the artisan craft alive and introduce it to our community. The organic cotton we use in our collections contain fibres that are hand spun, made with a traditional Nepalese practise of creating a yarn with skill and patience into a fabric. This rare technique guarantees an ethical and eco friendly production as it avoids the high energy consumption that steam, or electric powered spinning would otherwise use.
Khadi cloth is woven from 100% fair trade 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. Khadi is a unique and entirely handmade (hand spun and hand woven) fibre with precious heritage (goes back to the 6th century in South Asia) typically made from cotton. Khadi is not only eco friendly, but also maintains the intrinsic properties of cotton which are usually damaged during machine-processing.
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. Hemp grows 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.
The wild hemp we use in our collections is hand loomed in Nepal where local villagers collect the fibre through a controlled process, so as to not adversely affect the ecological balance. The luxurious feel of hemp makes it an ideal combination with other natural fibres and easily transformed with natural dyes. Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) grows wild naturally in most parts of Nepal and with so much sun and a monsoon rainfall pattern, the climatic conditions in Nepal allow for three hemp crops per year when most countries have only two crops.
Where We Source Our Hemp
The majority of hemp in Nepal grows at around 3000 metres above sea level, often in remote areas where hemp collection has a rich tradition within the rural communities. After hand harvesting the plants and processing the fibres into a form similar to wool, shepherds spin the fibre into thread while wandering the hillsides, grazing their animals. The thread is then woven by hand to make fabric for clothes, ropes and mats that would last a family for generations.
Hemp Tradition in Nepal
We use Nepali hemp to endorse a new way for Nepali shepherds to keep their traditions and local knowledge alive. The growing trend of low-cost clothing collections that mimic current fashion trends is a phenomenon that puts at risk the traditional way of creating a fibre in Nepal where effort and time are essential. Our support to the talented Nepalese artisans is fully aligned with our dedication for high standards, luxury and eco-friendly philosophy.
The bamboo we use in our collections is hand spun and hand weaved by women artisans from the 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. Often referred to as “cashmere from plants”, bamboo protects from UV light and is a hypoallergenic ideal choice for people with sensitive skin or with allergic reactions to other natural & manmade fibres. Bamboo has thermo-control, anti-microbial and anti-static properties that make it sit well next to the skin.
Our Bamboo is processed mechanically using the same processes used to produce linen from hemp or flax, with similar sustainability benefits and considerations. Sustainable 100% bamboo makes up a minuscule amount of bamboo fabric production on the market because it is more labour intensive and costly however it has been possible from our dedicated highly skilled fabric producers in Nepal.
The Himalayan Giant Nettle (Girardinia diversifolia) is locally known as allo, and it has been used for centuries by communities throughout Nepal. The nettle we use in our collections is collected by Nepali villagers from community forests in a sustainable manner that preserves 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.
Supporting Traditional Nettle in Nepal
The traditional knowledge and practise of harvesting Wild Nettle and processing its fibre has been conserved in only a few remote regions in Nepal. As modernisation progresses, the traditions that once were seen as treasured and historically significant are becoming extinct.
Wild Nettle is connected to an ethnic community called Kulung, living in Sankhuwasabha, East Nepal and is considered sacred and culturally significant (recorded use in religious and spiritual ceremonies and rituals). The cultural significance of our wild nettle products makes the community producers not only environmentally sustainable, but socially sustainable too.
For centuries, banana fibre textiles were made in Japan and Nepal – with the earliest evidence dating to the 13th century – and considered to be a prized substitute for silk and were traditionally woven into ceremonial garments for the wealthy.
Also known as musa fibre, this biodegradable natural fibre from the bark of the banana plant is incredibly durable and has a high moisture absorption quality. What was earlier regarded as agricultural waste and a nuisance for farmers is now a raw material for good quality silk grade fibre yarn and a multi-purpose fibre with commercial value and growing demand.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of any synthetic pesticides, fertilisers or chemicals and therefore produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. This fabric is natural, renewable and biodegradable. It is softer and healthier for the skin, as well as comfortable and absorbent.
The organic cotton is produced by sustaining the health of soils by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs and the process does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The production of this fibre combines tradition, innovation and science to promote a good quality of life for all involved.
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 the 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.
Peace Silk means non-violent silk breeding and harvesting. It does not interfere with the life cycle of the silkworm and therefore guarantees that no living creature will suffer or die for the sake of fashion. Peace Silk also known as Ahimsa Silk is manufactured under the most strict social and environmental standard in India.
While the silkworm breeding takes place under a natural atmosphere, the trees where the silkworms grow are not treated with any insecticides or genetic sprays. Once the cocoons are spun by the silkworms, they are kept in a protected place until the pupae hatches out of the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly which can take 2 to 4 weeks. This is a very slow production method but it is a crucial stage of producing silk non-violently.
Once the butterflies have left their cocoons, the cocoons are processed without the use of harmful chemicals. Peace Silk is the alternative for people who care about the lives of animals, for people who appreciate the queen of natural fibres.
Organic silk also known as raw silk is created without the use of any chemicals or treatments that use insecticides, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. The most important detail of the organic production of silk is the fact that the silkworms are allowed to live out their full lives and die naturally.
It is not only the highest quality silk you will ever wear but it is also believed to have healing, anti-inflammatory benefits, making it ideal for sensitive skin. It is a hypoallergenic, breathable and thermal fibre that helps to balance the body temperature.
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.
Newlife™ is a polyester yarn engineered from 100% post-consumer reclaimed PET plastic bottles sourced and processed into a polymer through a mechanical process and spun in Italy. The use of recycled polyester reduces the dependence on petroleum and diverts PET bottles from landfill. Converting PET into recycled polyester uses less water, less energy and emits less greenhouse gasses than the production of virgin polyester, thus reducing soil contamination and air and water pollution. Newlife™ boasts quality and performance equal to that of virgin polyester but with considerable resource savings for the environment. Newlife™ is certified by GRS and OEKO-TEX.
TENCEL™ is a Lenzing™ branded lyocell fibre. An extremely eco-friendly option, TENCEL™ is made from the wood pulp of sustainably managed forests. The cellulosic fibres are created with high efficiency and a low environmental impact. This process recycles water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99% bio-degradable and compostable. It has a soft, draping quality that is breathable, strong and cool to wear. TENCEL™ is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified.
ECONYL® is a recycled nylon or a polyamide fibre made from discarded resources of plastic ocean waste like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpets and industrial waste materials that would otherwise go to landfills. The ECONYL® Regeneration System reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% as well as the greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum as a raw material. Nylon or polyamide has the ability to be recycled infinitely without ever losing its quality which means it is just as good as using virgin nylon and, once finished with, it can go back into the recycling system for full circularity. In numbers, for every 10,000 tons of Econyl made, 70,000 barrels of crude oil and 57,100 tons of CO2 emissions are saved.
Lyocell is a well-known fibre among the fashion insiders for its silkly feel and soft drape. It is an eco- fibre made from the cellulose of wood pulp and it is 100% biodegradable and compostable. Additionally, the closed-loop process used in the manufacturing of Lyocell means that the water used is recycled and no harmful by-products are let into the environment.