In designing our products, we try to use the most sustainable materials available. Below are the main fibres used in our current collections.
Cotton is a natural fibre that comes from the fluffy fibres that surround the seeds of the cotton plant. It produces a soft, smooth fabric that is perfect for household textiles such as bed linen and towels.
Cotton is conventionally grown with the heavy use of chemical inputs and irrigation, which increase short-term yields but create long-term environmental damage. Organic cotton, by contrast, is grown using natural methods, so its environmental impact is much more benign, and in some cases can actually be positive.
Matka is a form of upcycled silk, as it is made from the short threads that are discarded in the process of making conventional (mulberry) silk. It is produced primarily in rural India, where it provides an important source of income to artisanal families.
Matka produces a beautiful fabric that is both light and soft, like a combination of cotton and cashmere. As the yarns are spun from short threads, the fabric has a more matte appearance than conventional silk, but it shimmers subtly when placed in sunlight.
Wild silk comes from the cocoons of silkworms that live in forests or tree plantations. Much of it is produced in the tribal areas of Eastern India, where it provides a source of income and an incentive for people to conserve their local forests.
Wild silk comes in various shades of brown, beige and gold, reflecting the different leaves that the silkworms have eaten. Its threads are shorter than conventional silk, which results in a 'slubby' fabric with a subtle pattern created by the different thread lengths, thicknesses and colours.