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Currently on pre-order, on the way from India. Estimated delivery date is the end of July. See the full pre-order fabric collection here.
A chunky 13.3oz undyed natural organic cotton denim, classed more as a twill because it doesn't have a distinct white weft face like normal denim fabric, instead being the same colour for both right and wrong sides. It is a true selvedge fabric, produced by hand on small looms, with a raised twill weave to the right side, while the wrong side is flat. It has a beautiful speckled appearance from the cotton seed.
With a strong weave, but soft hand feel due to its handwoven nature, this denim is the perfect weight and softness for jeans, trousers, skirts, heavier dresses and workwear styles along with accessories. It will soften over time both in handle and in colour due to the nature of the low impact dyes and handweave, however it does start off soft so is cosy and malleable. It would make a great base for embroidery and painting.
We also have this fabric in dark blue, light blue and black, and a bleached white.
The spinning of the organic cotton into yarn, the weaving of the fabric on power looms and bleaching of the finished fabric is all done in a female-led co-operative in rural India, certified Fair Trade by the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation). Organic cotton itself if cotton grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilisers, and is picked by hand to retain the integrity of the cellulosic fibre. Non-GMO seeds are used in organic cotton cultivation, ensuring that the farmers are not caught in a web of debt with large companies. This organic cotton is non-certified, being more of a transitional crop to help support farmers and small communities who cannot afford the certification.
It is without doubt that denim uses a lot of water and chemicals in its production, however, this denim is created using rain-fed organically-cultivated cotton, spun and woven with little electricity, and without dyes. The fabric itself is biodegradable under the right conditions. However, due to the authenticity of the weave and fabric hand feel, you'll want to cherish this fabric.
Please note, as this is a handwoven and hand-dyed fabric, woven using organic cotton fibre that is hand-picked and processed, there is likely to be small irregularities in the weave, though is generally pretty regular throughout. These minor irregularities should be taken as part of the charm, unless of course a considerable amount.
Suitable for the washing machine and tumble dryer. Iron med-hot temperature on the reverse to prevent 'shinyness' from occuring.
Turn the machine down to 30 degrees for a more environmentally friendly wash. In Europe alone, if every household turned its washing temperature down to 30°C, we could save 12 million tons of CO2 a year.
We also recommend line drying as this reduces energy usage and looks after your textiles for longer. Use a mild detergent, light botanical refresher or even just steam the item you've made in your bathroom after a shower. This denim is classed as 'raw' because it is unwashed and without any chemical finishes - for this reason, try not to wash the item you make with it too often for the most personal textile connection.
Note, it will also shrink around 3-5% due to its unwashed and handwoven state.
Aprons, Bags and Accessories, Belts, Blinds, Curtains & Pelmets, Embroidery, Hand Sewing, Jeans, Machine Sewing, Shirts, Soft Furnishings, Skirts & Dresses, Tops and Tunics, Toys, Trousers & Shorts, Upholstery
Interested in wholesale? We offer reduced pricing on orders of 25 metres up. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your desired amount and time frame, and we'll give you more details. See our full guidelines here.
|Weight:||450gsm / 13.3oz
|Fibre:||Non-Certified Organic Cotton|
|Country of Origin:||India|
|Eco Credentials:||Azo-Free, Co-Op, Fair Trade Certified, Low Energy, Low Impact Dyes, Low Water, No Genetically Modified Crops, Organic (Uncertified), Sustainable, VOC-Free|