Fabric Choice Matters: How We Make Responsible Choices As A Small Business

When we started Rose's Wardrobe, we knew we wanted to make the best informed choices possible as a business in order to reduce our impact on the planet. Read on to find out how this affects the fabrics we choose to use.



  • Were designed and made locally
  • Would otherwise go to waste
  • Give new life to our town's heritage


We are very lucky to be based in Langholm, a town with a rich textile history. Our studio is situated in the last working mill, which still produces beautiful fabrics. We have been collecting vintage fabrics for years and have managed to rescue lots of fabrics produced just steps from our studio! By using these limited pieces, we are eliminating the need for new resources and using up small rolls of fabric, which couldn't be used by big brands who mass produce. The added bonus is that our clothing is unique and special - no one will be wearing the same thing!


  • Is free from chemicals
  • Is hypoallergenic
  • Can be printed without any water

  • Our prints are woven from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. It is printed with Digital Pigment inks, which require no water (at all!) in the printing process and 95% less energy than traditional screen printing. The pigment inks used meet the Oeko-Tex 100 requirements to be free of restricted chemicals, and there is virtually no ink wasted in the process!

    • Is cool and breathable
    • Thrives with a limited supply of water
    • Has a similar look and feel to linen 
    This year we introduced our first ramie fabric and we are loving it! Ramie is a fibre similar to flax (which linen is made from). It's strong, cool and breathable and even resistant to bacteria, making it ideal for light dresses and blouses. The plant itself is great for dry climates and enriches the soil it grows in, positively impacting its environment.
    • Is grown without chemicals
    • Uses Oeko-Tex certified yarn and dye
    • Is beautifully soft and lustrous

    The bamboo viscose we use is made in a closed loop system, which means the chemicals used for the pulping processed are reused over and over instead of being thrown out, and the yarn is Oeko-tex certified as being free from harmful substances! As well as being a great alternative to traditional fabrics, bamboo silk is beautifully shiny, lightweight and soft.


    • Is made from plant materials
    • Is biodegradable
    • Is made using less energy and water than cotton

    Like cotton and bamboo, Tencel is made from plant materials. However its manufacture requires much less energy and water than cotton. As a natural fibre, it's also biodegradable! Like bamboo silk it feels light and soft to wear and absorbs moisture well - ideal for hot, sweaty days or under thick jumpers in the winter.

    • Does not require pesticides
    • Grows very quickly
    • Is super strong and durable

    Hemp behaves and looks much like linen and ramie. It is also grown and processed in a similar way, yet it can yield twice as much fibre as flax. It has a short growing period of about 100 days and so can be planted and harvested up to four times a year. It is the most carbon negative crop, absorbing more carbon dioxide than it produces, benefiting the planet! We love the crisp feel of hemp and use it for light dresses and shirts.


    • Are manufactured meters from our studio
    • Are made from pure Shetland wool
    • Are hand-woven and unique

     Lynn Elliott manufactures his fabrics in the same Mill that houses our studio, making it easy for us to pop over and browse whenever we want! He restores beautiful old looms to working order and weaves tweed and plaid fabrics from pure Shetland wool. We use these for skirts, waistcoats and trousers.



    By using high quality, low impact fabrics, we can produce clothing that looks and feels good!

    Want to know more? Visit our Fabric Information page, read our planet promise or contact us!