Why we chose the fabrics we use

Limited edition fabrics

- We use a range of limited edition, deadstock fabrics that are from Langholm Mills that have sadly closed down.

- These fabrics are all natural usually pure wool or cotton mixes.

- All of the fabrics are designed in Langholm, most were actually made in one of the close down mills in Langholm.

- They truly are deadstock fabrics, sometimes we can only get as litlle as one garment out of them - we usually try to get them that we can get 3-4.

BAMBOO SILK

- Bamboo is grown without chemicals (unlike ordinary cotton which is heavily sprayed). To convert to yarn it goes through a chemical pulping process. We buy the bamboo silk from the same place we get the Organic cotton.

- 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.

- Bamboo silk aesthetics: Soft and drapey, matt one side, slight sheen on the other.

- The Bamboo silk fabric comes from China. They use Oeko tex certified yarn and Oeko Tex certified dyes.

Tencel

- Tencel is a cellulosic fibre, regenerated from eucalyptus wood.

- Like cotton and bamboo, Tencel is made from plant materials. However manufacturing Tencel requires less energy and water than cotton. As a naturally derived fibre, Tencel is also biodegradable. Tencel also takes up a lot less dye than other fabrics.

- Tencel fibres have been claimed to be more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen.

- Unlike wool, Tencel is not attacked by moths.

- Tencel fabrics crease less and are easier to iron as compared to cotton fabrics.

- Tencel fabrics have good drape properties.

elliott's shed

- Woven in the Mill we call home (to our studio), you can't get a much lower carbon footprint on this beautiful fabric!

- Lynn Elliott, of Elliot’s Shed, uses pure new Shetland wool, spun and dyed in Yorkshire.

- He produces short lengths of hand woven (by him) fabrics in various weave designs including herringbone, plain, salt and pepper and lots more! He also produces slightly longer lengths in partnership with Drove Weaving, in the workspace next door to him, who uses power looms.

- The Shed in which he creates these beautiful fabrics is in a small corner of a building that started life in 1878 as Criterion Mill, extended in 1893 by it's new owner, Arthur Bell it was re-named Buccleuch Mill.

Organic Cotton Satin printed fabric

- Organic Cotton Satin Ultra is woven from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. Scroll back up to read about the benefits of choosing 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.

- It has a soft hand feel and subtle sheen.

- Virtually zero ink waste is created in the process due to accurate discharging of inks onto the fabric.

- The pigment inks used meet the Oeko-Tex 100 requirements to be free of restricted chemicals and are mixed from 4-8 basic colours as your fabric is printed, so unlike screen printing, there’s no mixing of colours in advance.

- The inks also meet the Inditex Clear to Wear standard.

hemp

- Hemp is a densely grown plant that literally chokes out any competing plants. This means harsh chemical herbicides aren’t necessary.

- Hemp also naturally reduces pests, so no pesticides are needed. It also returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes from the soil.

- Hemp production requires much less water than cotton say, and only requires a small amount of land to cultivate.

- Hemp is extremely durable, up to three times stronger than cotton. It’s soft to touch, and can hold its shape well.

- Hemp is naturally breathable and highly water absorbent. It is also hypo-allergenic, UV resistant, anti-fungal and thermoregulating.

- Hemp behaves and looks much like linen. 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.

ramie

- Ramie is a natural fibre with a similar look and feel to linen.

- The ramie plant is native to East Asia and thrives with limited water supply, perfect for dry climates.

- The crop is perennial and helps to enrich the soil it is grown in, positively impacting its surrounding environment.

- The fabric ages well without shrinking, losing shape or lustre.

- Ramie is strong, cool and breathable and even resistant to bacteria, making it ideal for light dresses and blouses.

Organic cotton

- Organic means that the cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides, using pheromone traps, crop rotation, hand picking of bugs and natural repellents. This allows farmers to grow food and keep animals instead of being reliant on costly chemicals and fertilizers. They receive more for their crop and the input costs are lower and the fabrics will be pesticide free.

- Organic cotton is also hypoallergenic. No chemical dyes and whiteners are used in the manufacturing of organic cotton. They use safer, natural alternatives that prevent skin allergies.

"Buy less, choose well"

Vivienne Westwood, Fashion Designer