Fabric and Dye
Our Hemp Fabric Source -
Part of our fabrics are sourced from the Hemp Foundation, an organisation dedicated to working in harmony with the land and its people. Local women and farmers in the area of Uttarakhand, India are given the training and education in order to sell their products at a fair price. https://mandakini.hempfoundation.net
In order to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Indian Himalayan Region, Uttakahand pesticide are not used in the process of producing the Hemp fibres. Plants do not need chemical fertiliser if the ecosystems are right for the plant to grow. The hemp plant thrives in this area and therefore naturally needs no pesticides. https://hempfoundation.net/natural-farming-awareness/
Each product you buy is not only supporting my one women business but supporting the livelihoods of 300 other women.
“We believe that women are like the roots of the tress, if you empower a woman she will empower an entire community around her. We train them in marketing, quality control etc. and give them platform to sell their products at fair price.” – The Hemp Foundation
Our other hemp fabrics are sourced from Europe via organisations that have the same ethical and environmental values to ours.
Our Dying Process
All our products and dyed using Dylon Eco reactive low impact dye. All Dylon Dyes have been tested for their environmental impact: the dye dilutes in the dye bath to a safe level for humans and animals and can be dealt with effectively within sewage systems. It is not as environmentally friendly as using natural dyes. However, the colour is more absorbent and less water is needed within the dying process.
Natural Dye Face Masks are dyed using naturally grown ingredients, for example we currently use Blackberries and Red cabbages in our natural dyes. These have very little environmental impact. However, the colour tends to fade quickly due to the natural qualities.
"Though our dyes are not natural dyes we have strict controls in place to ensure that they are responsibly sourced and conduct extensive environmental testing on each dye. In fact, our products have a great environmental profile. The unused dye from the dyeing process does not enter the natural environment. Since, the dye will biodegrade though the action of the bacteria naturally found in sewage treatment plants." - Dylon Statement 09/02/21