Handwoven Ikat Cotton - Chintana (Indigo, Black & Grey)
NOW OPEN FOR PRE-ORDER! This fabric is available to pre-order one, with delivery due end of June to early July. Any orders containing pre-order materials will be shipped together on arrival. Find all pre-order fabrics here.
A stunning and sophisticated striped ikat textile in black, grey and indigo with subtle white flecks and embellishment. The cotton is handspun and handwoven by a small weaving village in Thailand.
Price is per metre. Multiple quantities will be cut as a continuous length.
We named this fabric "Chintana", a Thai name which originates from the phrase "Good thoughts", which we hope aptly describes the experience when you first set eyes upon it. Although the method of creating it goes back centuries, we can't get over how the design is so incredibly sophisticated. To us, it's reminiscent of the Japanese minimalist but intensely rich style (although made in Thailand, of course).
The yarn is first dyed by hand and then skillfully placed and woven into the finished design using a wooden loom. The process is entirely electricity-free. When you purchase this fabric, you're directly supporting the weaver who created it. The material is light to medium weight and has a matt, dry texture and firm hold. It's completely opaque. It's a dream to sew and is therefore suitable for novice sewers. The chemical dyes used to colour the material are ironable, and the textile is pre-washed (although we always recommend washing your fabrics with like colours before you sew). You'll also notice it softens in the wash and that the creases iron out easily.
Country of Origin:
Azo-Free, Co-Op, Fair Wage, Low Energy, VOC-Free
Ethical and Sustainability Considerations:
The cotton fabric is handwoven on wooden looms by artisans from Chiangmai. The cotton fibre used for this fabric is spun and woven within a small artisan community. The fibres are 100% natural and biodegradable. As this fabric is handmade, the process uses virtually no energy or carbon footprint.
Each metre of fabric takes approximately four hours to weave, and an entire bolt takes over a month. Despite the traditional handwork methods used to create the textile, the design is timeless and seamlessly fits today's contemporary style.
Suitable for washing machines below 30°C and tumble dryers. To protect fabrics for longer, hand wash in cool water. Suitable for irons med-hot temperature.
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 (as they don't get bashed around in your tumble dryer). Use a mild detergent, light botanical refresher or even steam the item you've made in your bathroom after a shower.
Natural handwoven fabrics tend to shrink 3-5%, so please wash this textile before you create any products that will require washing at a later date.
Wholesale And Restocking
Stepped pricing is available on 25 metres and over, so please inquire if you are looking for large amounts. We love working with smaller brands: purchase one metre and upwards directly from the website and email us for wholesale quantities for bulk production when you're ready. We welcome large and small orders from brands of all sizes.
Please note that refunds are not possible once fabrics have been cut, unless in the unfortunate event that your material arrives damaged. Please order a swatch before purchasing your metre lengths. Please see our Refunds and Cancellation Policy page for full details.
Due to the nature of handwoven and hand-printed fabrics, there can be irregularities in the weave and print, along with variations in batch dye colour. We have quality controlled this fabric. However, there could be minor irregularities that we love and see as normal and charming. If you are unhappy with the material you purchase, please let us know, and we'll do our best to rectify it immediately: email@example.com.