Recycled Cotton · Kassam Olive
1 unit = 0.25m 4 units = 1m
*Orders will be cut as a continuous length*
- made from cotton scraps
- dyed in botanical dyes with no harm to the environment or the worker’s health
- naturally washed with soap nuts, salt and wood ash
- no harmful chemicals or toxins used
- produced in India under fair working conditions
- Weight: 100g
- Width: 120-125cm
- Dark colours may bleed for 1-2 washes*
- Wash 30 to 40 degrees maximum
- Wash dark colors separately
- wash in natural, delicate detergent
- wash/iron on reverse
- do not use soap berries
- air dry in shade
- avoid direct sunlight
- steam/iron on low setting with extra care
*We recommend to gently wash by hand the first two washes and to not wring or twist
Note that the dye is purely botanical and colour is graded by eye. Slight dye batch variances may occur, please embrace any small imperfections as they give your textile its own unique personality.
Why buy naturally dyed recycled cotton?
Out of respect for nature and people working in a sector which is adversely affected by industrialization.
The textile sector is not only one of the biggest polluters due to its extensive use of chemicals, it also uses enormous amounts of water (especially cotton) during production and unfortunately often employs people under very poor working conditions.
Our recycled cotton is made from cotton scraps ground back to fibre and re-spun to fabric. This saves about 765,000 litres of water per ton which makes this more sustainable than organic cotton as no new crops have to be grown.
Modern dyeing processes use synthetic chemicals which are toxic to the environment and our health. The untreated runoff discharges harmful chemicals directly back into our ecosystem, harming natural waterways, animals and eventually us.
The process of natural dye is linked to an ancestral know-how, used well before our era from China to India, throughout the Persian Empire and Israel. Today, the use of natural dyes is considered costly and time-consuming, with the entire process taking around 3 weeks. But we believe it is essential to support this booming local craft, and a necessary and positive step towards a sustainable textile sector.
The lack of transparency in the textile industry makes it extremely difficult for the consumer to trace the origin of their fabrics. We believe it shouldn’t be that hard. In order to achieve this, we think consumers need easy access to sustainable and ethically produced fabrics without harming our planet, the people that produce them and our health.
I’m glad of buying such lightweight, soft draping fabric dyed with wonderful natural colours and now I’m very much looking forward to sewing trousers and skirts.
I recently purchased a range of recycled fabric cotton and could not be happier.
The fabric was lovely, the dye even. A great product, highly recommend.