Creating our Ethical Clothing
As we may have mentioned once or twice, its really important to us that when you buy ethical clothing from us, it is totally traceable. That means that you can find out exactly where, how and by whom each garment was made. All our clothes come with a code for you to enter into our website which will then supply you with as much information as possible about the production process and the people involved.
You can read about a recent trip we took to visit our workers in our article ‘A Trip To India‘. If you have already bought from us then go to our Trace Your Garment page to find out exactly where it came from!
Our partner in India is Moral Fibre. Based in Gujarat, they pride themselves on their use of eco-friendly, traditional methods of fabric production. Through Moral Fibre we work with local farmers and co-operatives in the region so that we know the people working on our garments and how they are doing it. All processes used are virtually carbon free, low in water usage and vegan.
First the cotton is picked, then spun into yarn and wound onto spools. Sometimes solar powered chakhras (spinning machines) are used to spin the cotton to yarn, sometimes this is done by hand (as shown in the photo on the right).
The yarn is then dyed by hand, a process which used a fifth less water than conventional dyeing. The dyes soak into the yarn and then the yarn is hung out to dry.
The yarn is hand woven into cloth using big looms. The type of cloth can vary greatly, from plain to patterned and from thick, heavy denims to light, cool cottons. Patterns can be put in at this stage too, as the skilled lady to the left is showing. The looms are all operated by hand or solar energy – no electricity is used during this process.
After this stage any pattern not added into the fabric itself can be printed on, using the traditional block printing technique shown in the video below. We recently tried hand screen printing too for our most recent shirt production. The dyes used are all azo free (with no harmful chemicals) and have minimal environmental impact.
Finally the fabric will be cut by hand and tailored, according to the design and size. The new garment is now made ready to be sold to its loving new owner!