A floaty, lightweight indigo blue chambray. This fabric is characterised by the yarn-dyed process involving beautiful blend of white threads woven for the weft, with dark indigo for the warp. It has a linen-look to it, with a 'dry' hand feel.
It has a soft drape to it, and coolness that makes it perfect for both summer clothing, bedding and curtains. We appreciate eco textiles that can be used for fashion and interiors, plus has a unique charm you won't find with other chambrays.
The handwoven nature of this fabric allows it to have a very special selvedge, the red and white line edging instead of the fraying you see with machine-made textiles. Hopefully you can utilise this in your design!
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.
All cotton production uses a lot of water and chemicals in its production, however, this fabric is created using rain-fed organically-cultivated cotton, spun and woven with little electricity, and with low-impact natural 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.
To care for your product:
Suitable for the washing machine and tumble dryer. Iron med-hot temperature, though preferably minimally or with a damp cloth over as this can help prevent "shinyness" from occurring.
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.
Note, it will also shrink around 3-5% due to its unwashed and handwoven state.
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