Basic Collection Organic Cotton & Hemp
45% Hemp 55% Organic Cotton - Comfortable, breathable, soft, no pesticides, no plastic.
Hemp: one of the most sustainable fibers on the market. 100% natural fiber, using only 1/20th the amount of water as regular cotton to grow and process. With antibacterial properties as well, hemp resists bacterial growth and breathes excellently, preventing odors. Hemp also protects your skin by naturally filtering UV light.
Organic Cotton: conventional cotton growth releases more toxins into our oceans, soil, and atmosphere than any other crop. It’s for these reasons that we always choose organic cotton grown without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides, our organic cotton keeps our oceans and environment clean and provides you, our customers with not only soft and high-quality fabric but peace of mind when it comes to their environmental footprint.
Ahimsa Silk - Peace Silk
In our Resort '21 collection, we have created our very own luxury ahimsa silk and organic cotton blend - 50% ahimsa silk and 50% organic cotton. Our SS20 Ahimsa collection Orla block print is 50% ahimsa silk and 50% silk. We are excited to continue to use and experiment with Ahimsa silk for our future collections, aiming for 100% Ahimsa silk products.
The process of standard silk production is known as sericulture. Standard silk is made by mass cultivation of silkworms which are eventually then boiled and killed alive. Silkworms are of a caterpillar type and while constructing their cocoon, the silkworm will twist in a figure-8 motion about 300,000 times and produce around 1 kilometer of fiber. Since the hatching from the cocoon destroys the thread, to harvest the silk, the cocoon with the caterpillar inside waiting to turn into a silk moth is placed in boiling water. So the thread can come out in one continuous loop. Meaning the little worm never got to use his wings as a silk moth and was boiled alive. It takes 1700 to 2000 cocoons to make 1 silk dress.
This brings us to Ahimsa Silk, Ahimsa means non-harmful in Hindu. Ahimsa silk is made from letting the silkworm live its full life breaking through the cocoon to turn into a silk moth. Leaving a hole in the cocoon, meaning the fibers are broken and it is not a continuous thread. Which then makes the process of Ahimsa silk harder, slower, and more expensive to produce. But we believe every life, no matter how small it may be is meaningful.
Our new SS20 Ahimsa collection patterns are made by the ancient art of hand block printing. Block printing dates back to the 12th century, this method is thought to be around 2,000 years old. The new patterns which you will find on our silk pieces within this collection are our first ever patterned design. We wanted it to be unique and of course, hold eco-friendly values. This print is created by old traditional block printing methods. So what exactly is block printing and why is it so special? We have broken down the step-by-step process so you know why our block-printed garments are the most unique.
Firstly, our design is carved into a wooden block by a very talented artist, for this particular block print made within this collection there are three different designs meaning the artists use three different blocks to create the overall design. Separate blocks must be made for each color incorporated into the design, we have two different colors in this design. After the fabric has been cut to size, the colors have been prepared and the blocks are all ready, the artisans can start to print. They will lay the fabric out across a long table and draw a chalk reference line. They then dip the block into the dye, press it firmly onto the fabric, and then hit it with a mallet. This process is repeated by only the steadiest hands until the pattern has completely covered the length of fabric needed to make our garments. If there are multiple colors in the design, the artisan lets each color dry before applying the next, each with a new stamp. It is extremely time-consuming and requires great precision so that there are no breaks in the design.
We are so excited to carry this traditional process within our work. We hope you adore our first-ever print.
Discovered while traveling through Indonesia, this lovely hand-woven Ramie caught Savannah’s eye with its soft, stretchy, and unique look. It inspired a whole new range of designs. Ramie is one of the oldest fiber crops, having been used for at least 6,000 years. It’s older than cotton and uses less water to grow. Ramie is quite a unique fabric that is not widely used so we are constantly struggling to get our hands on it.
Natural & Chemical Dyeing
Since we launched in 2018 our hand dyeing process has changed a lot. It started with one woman, Yolanda, at home in Mexico dyeing each garment by hand one by one in her laundry. We then experimented with natural dyeing in Indonesia for the first drop of our Groundation collection. We were extremely proud to work with a sustainable natural dyeing factory. Basically how it works is our fabrics were dyed in small batches using plant-based dyes made from tree bark and leaves that are grown on their farms. The process begins by cutting bark or leaves into small pieces that are fermented in boiling water. The fabrics are dyed in small batches, once they finish the dying process, they compost all of the leftover plant scraps. The factory uses zero-waste, sustainable practices to create its dyes. When there is excess dyed water, it runs through a natural plant filtration system where plants absorb the excess natural dye, and the water comes out clean and ready to be used again. However, during production we ran into problems with natural dyeing, since you can only naturally dye five meters at a time there was too much inconsistency with the color tones, so unfortunately we had to stop this process. When the material would go into the cutting room to cut a dress it was extremely hard for our team to put a dress together, it was like trying to match a puzzle. The arm of the dress when sewn together was a different color tone to the skirt. Since then we have moved into chemically hand-dyeing as larger quantities of material can be dyed together so there is less inconsistency within the color tones. For our dyeing in India, it is a little different as the fabrics are handwoven. We dye the yarn first by hand before we weave the material, this way there is less inconsistency in the fabric and less water consumption. The dyes can also attach to the yarn quicker and easier. The yarn is placed in hot water and dye is added, soaking the yarn until it reaches the desired color tone, then hung to dry. The excess water and dye will then go into a filtration system so it does not enter our waterways or environment.
We have not given up on natural dye and we continue to experiment with other cultures and their way of naturally dyeing so we can incorporate this into our production. For our upcoming SS20 collection our sarongs will be naturally dyed. We love utilizing what nature has to offer us, so we are determined to continue working towards natural dye throughout our future collections. Stay tuned.