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Published on July 8th, 2008 | by Skye Kilaen

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Fabulous Fabrics: Kirin & Co (Australia)

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organic cotton and hemp blend fabricKirin & Co is the online shop of designer and textile artist Lara Cameron of Melbourne, Australia. Cameron produces limited edition, hand screen printed fabrics as well as handmade items such as super-fab clutch purses.

Cameron prints on two types of fabrics: a cotton/linen blend printed with environmentally friendly inks, and a new hemp/organic cotton blend. The cotton/linen blend isn’t as green as we usually look for in the Fabulous Fabrics series, but Cameron is definitely making efforts to green her fabrics and we respect that. It isn’t always easy or possible to green everything overnight!

Kirin & Co sells fabric by the metre as well as in fabric packs. Since the fabrics are limited edition, the fabric packs as well as the fabric itself can sell out.

Read her blog, Kirin Notebook, for updates on when new items are going into the shop. You can also drool over the portfolio pictures of her fabrics on her main website or the sold items list on her shop website, lamenting that you did not see them in time to buy them. Seriously, y’all, this stuff is gorgeous.

All of Cameron’s fabric is machine washable, and she explicitly gives permission to use the fabric in commercial projects. All prices on her website are in Australian currency, but those of us outside of Australia can use the currency converter she links to on the site and pay with Paypal.

[Image from Kirin & Co website.]

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About the Author

Skye Kilaen began sewing at an early age and eco-rabble-rousing shortly after that. Many years later, someone finally told her that there are books about how to make quilts. Life was never the same. In fact, she spent more on her sewing machine than her car. Bringing her green and crafty passions back together, Skye is now happily discovering ways to create beautiful and useful objects using thrifted and sustainable materials. No, that's not just an excuse to visit Goodwill more often. Honest.



  • http://kirinote.blogspot.com Lara

    Oh wow, thank you Skye for this really lovely post!! Much appreciated!

    I totally agree re the cotton/linen blend being not quite eco friendly enough. I’m finally able to start phasing it out now that I’ve used up my stocks of it – yay! I just wish I could find a nice “natural” coloured organic cotton/hemp. Everything I get samples for comes in cream only! Very strange :)

    Anyway thanks again heaps :)

  • http://kirinote.blogspot.com Lara

    Oh wow, thank you Skye for this really lovely post!! Much appreciated!

    I totally agree re the cotton/linen blend being not quite eco friendly enough. I’m finally able to start phasing it out now that I’ve used up my stocks of it – yay! I just wish I could find a nice “natural” coloured organic cotton/hemp. Everything I get samples for comes in cream only! Very strange :)

    Anyway thanks again heaps :)

  • http://kirinote.blogspot.com Lara

    Oh wow, thank you Skye for this really lovely post!! Much appreciated!

    I totally agree re the cotton/linen blend being not quite eco friendly enough. I’m finally able to start phasing it out now that I’ve used up my stocks of it – yay! I just wish I could find a nice “natural” coloured organic cotton/hemp. Everything I get samples for comes in cream only! Very strange :)

    Anyway thanks again heaps :)

  • http://kirinote.blogspot.com Lara

    Oh wow, thank you Skye for this really lovely post!! Much appreciated!

    I totally agree re the cotton/linen blend being not quite eco friendly enough. I’m finally able to start phasing it out now that I’ve used up my stocks of it – yay! I just wish I could find a nice “natural” coloured organic cotton/hemp. Everything I get samples for comes in cream only! Very strange :)

    Anyway thanks again heaps :)

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  • http://store.fabrics-textiles.com BUD

    Its true that some of the mainstream fabric companies are also going green.Atlantis Fabrics now offers custom printed organic cotton fabrics, using water-based inks.And, also special organic cottons dyed using only herb & mineral extracts-no chemicals.So, these are zero-impact, not just low impact.

  • http://store.fabrics-textiles.com BUD

    Its true that some of the mainstream fabric companies are also going green.Atlantis Fabrics now offers custom printed organic cotton fabrics, using water-based inks.And, also special organic cottons dyed using only herb & mineral extracts-no chemicals.So, these are zero-impact, not just low impact.

  • http://store.fabrics-textiles.com BUD

    Its true that some of the mainstream fabric companies are also going green.Atlantis Fabrics now offers custom printed organic cotton fabrics, using water-based inks.And, also special organic cottons dyed using only herb & mineral extracts-no chemicals.So, these are zero-impact, not just low impact.

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