Articles in Category: Textile Talk

The Fear of Slow Fashion Dying Out

on Monday, 27 March 2017.

Applique2 Organic Bed Threads"To write about Indian handicrafts is almost like writing about the country itself. So vast, complex, colourful, and yet with a simplicity and charm, difficult to attain under comparable conditions." Excerpt from 'Handicrafts of India' by M.N Upadhyay.

Organic Bed Threads taps into such textile rich crafts of applique, hand embroidery and woodblock print to adorn our handmade bedlinen that are India's heritage & global comparative advantage. Despite that over the past 30 years, the number of Indian artisans has decreased by 30%, indicating the need to re-invest in artisans to safeguard history, culture and livelihood.

As a Western textile designer fascinated with ethnic design, I have always felt compelled to support the age-old handicrafts, that are in fear of dying out to mass production, so that these cultural gems can be sustained into future generations of textile (fashion, design and craft) trade. The answer: greater appreciation and conscious consumer purchasing power of ethical production is required to help revive these master handicrafts, which is (after agriculture) the largest source of income among rural populations.

If we contine to encourage fast fashion with our unconscious purchasing power, we may see handmade quality, womens groups and generations of master artisanal techniques lost in our lifetime as we have with animal, plant and tribal species due to our neglect.

Handmade is from the heart, made with integrity created to last and adds value to our own lives. Lets keep the handmade world alive.

Climate Control Cotton Bed Linen

on Monday, 12 December 2016.

Benefits of Using 100% Cotton

No matter what kind of climate you live in, arctic or burning hot, 100% cotton bedlinen is an ideal fabric to achieve perfect slumber. Especially if it's certified organic cotton for its many health benefits and made to ethical standards such as our stunning collection of kids and adult handmade duvet covers. Because cotton is a natural product, it has many advantages, such as its ability to control moisture, insulate, provide comfort, hypoallergenic qualities, its durability and reasonable price point. Lets take a snapshot view of these benefits:

Moisture Control
Cotton fabric is breathable, absorbent and can transfer moisture away from the skin, thus allowing your body to remain at a comfortable temperate as you sleep.

Insulation
Cotton protects against heat in the summer and cold in the winter by providing thermal insulation as the cotton fabric traps air between the fabric fibres. Cotton bed linen feels cool to the touch on warm days yet provides you warmth on chilly days.

Hypoallergenic
Cotton fabric rarely causes allergic reactions and using cotton is often recommended for those prone to allergies or skin irritations. Because cotton is hypoallergenic and does not irritate the skin and offers a soft touch, this makes it comfortable for the sleeper and is the fabric of choice when it comes to bed linen. In our handmade designs, we also use certified organic dyes and threads increasing the health benefits for sensitive skins.

Comfort
Cotton bed linen is soft, often softer than linen, not slippery like silk and retains its shape, it is the ideal comfortable fabric to sleep on or under.

Durability
Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it strong, durable and less likely to rip or tear. It is 30 percent stronger when wet, withstanding years of washing. Here's a trick, looking for a higher thread count does not necessarily mean that the weave it stronger, it is a combination of quality thread count and the number of plies to create a tighter and thus durable weave. As our duvet covers are 100% cotton they will not pill when frequently washed, unlike cotton blends i.e. cotton/polyester which have a strong tendency to create an aged look quickly.

Brand Price
There are many cotton bed linen options on offer. Research the brand's ethical values in their production. Learn how to read the label carefully. By understanding if the product is a quality one, you will have a clearer indication why there are price differences - 100% certified organic cotton bed linen, made to fair trade standards means it is a brand of integrity and is worth investing in quality duvet covers today in respect of people and planet. In doubt of how to choose for a loved one, opt for a gift certificate.

Documentaries - Textile Ethics Questioned

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016.

documentaryHelping to spread the unjustness that is occuring in the textile industry of developing countries, via a growing list of documentaries worth watching. Ethical questions are bought to stark reality in terms of the triple bottom line of companies, chemical use, crude and forced labour and unearthing the inhumane treatment that does not support fair trade....

Organic Bed Threads only engages in fair trade and social and environmental textile produciton practices. Our passion is fuelled by respecting creative techniques and we are driven by humanitarian intent at every step. Our own moving story is The Journey Of The Humble Cotton Boll(2.48mins).

From seed to shelf, Organic Bed Threads leaves only a pinkie toe, not a whole footprint, on the planet. We bring your attention to these documentaries because we believe consumers need to be informed on how they fuel these activities via their purchasing power. The greater self education on how we are disrespecting people and planet, with hope, will prick our conscience and convert our buying habits to healthier ones. Just because we do not know the many hands and faces who make our products does not mean that their lives are any less of value than ours.

Please bookmark this blog page and share, share alike to spread the much needed ethical word... >>>

Make Your Own Eco Laundry Products

on Friday, 04 November 2016.

LaundryHabitsA few months ago I attended a workshop to make your own non-toxic, economical household cleaning products. The test kitchen for the day was of all places, my local tip. I was blown over that this once smelly, ugly crater of a landfill that was our local dumping ground for household waste, has turned into an ecological epicentre and thriving business for sustainability, recycling and education.

Did you know that we are exposed to more toxic and hazardous chemicals from using common household cleaning products inside our homes than anywhere else? These incredibly harmful chemicals are causing many illnesses for us and our families and create tons of toxic waste which is disposed into our environment. In the past 40 years, at least 70,000 new chemicals have been released into the environment through cleaning and industrial products, with a US study revealing that its participants carried an average of 43% of these chemicals in their bodies.

Why Organic Bedlinen?

on Monday, 12 September 2016.

 
Why Organic BedlinenFrom Organic Bed Threads perspective, producing bedlinen to certified organic standards is not only an obvious manufacturing process but an absolute necessity for preserving and protecting the environment, the many workers who make our bedlinen, and for the end user. Our aim is to reduce the chemical overload in textile manufacturing so that people and planet are not covered on nasty chemicals that can adversely affect ones health nor cause massive devastation to the land.
 
Just because a product is not literally dripping in chemicals from the rack in-store, does not mean they are not there, dried into every fibre. Our aim is to educate buyers about our processes for peace of mind. Neither health, nor working conditions, nor comfort nor decor should raise the risk of serious health concerns such as breathing difficulties, skin allergies, deformities and cancers. We didn't want to create products that exploited people nor the environment.
 
That is why Organic Bed Threads exists. We wanted to create a brand of bedding that addressed all of the issues plaguing the textile industry today.