why do this?


“…The name of our proper connection to the earth is “good work,” for good work involves much giving of honor. It honors the source of its materials; it honors the place where it is done; it honors the art by which it is done; it honors the thing that it makes and the user of the made thing. Good work is always modestly scaled, for it cannot ignore either the nature of individual places or the differences between places, and it always involves a sort of religious humility, for not everything is known.”  Wendell Berry

I’m committed to developing Tencel® as a healthy alternative to cotton and polyester, which now make up 85% of the clothes that are available to us.
Why Tencel®? Only Tencel®, with a capital “T” and the Tencel blue leaf logo   tencel-logo  is made by Lenzing of Austria through a closed-loop manufacturing process which recycles the non-toxic effluent at a rate of 99.5% (http://www.lenzing.com/sustainability).
Eucalyptus, from which Tencel® is made, is grown on non-arable land, requires no herbicides or pesticides and grows to 40ft high in 7 years. The fabric is beautifully soft, breatheable and biodegradable.

In keeping with this, I use plants and healthful minerals ONLY to dye the raw fabric. I enjoy exploring the colour potential of plants, especially those that grow naturally and locally, and discovering the colour-changing powers of healthy minerals wood ash and rust.

I’m learning how my life can be enriched by the connection to nature that making clothes the natural way brings, and often feel some kind of kinship to early settlers who did this same activity nearly 200 years ago in this very place.

backwoods of Canada pg 151

from “The Backwoods of Canada” by Catharine Parr Traill, 1836, pg 151

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