Once again, I must give credit to the wonderful Kim of fabric blog True Up for introducing me to an eco-friendlier fabric. The Andover Vegetable Dyes collection of cottons isn’t made from organic cotton, but it addresses the other side of the green fabric equation: the materials used in dyeing.
Leslie here at Crafting A Green World has talked to us about non-toxic dyeing using natural materials. This collection is a larger scale equivalent of Leslie using her landlady’s plums to cook up some pretty fabric.
The gist is that the fabric is initially bleached with sunlight, then block printed by hand with natural dyes. One of the dyes used, indigo, is a member of the legume family and fixes nitrogen in the soil as it grows. It actually leaves the soil richer rather than depleting it.
What’s not to love about that? Even beyond the environmental impact, these types of dyes are far better for the folks working with them.
There are sixteen different fabrics, including some stripes, florals, and paisleys – all are similar in style to the one pictured here. The fabric is 45″ wide and retails for about $9 per yard, which is awesome.
Other Organic and Environmentally Friendly Fabrics:
- Gossypium Organic Cotton (UK)
- Wildrose Farm Organics
- Kirin & Co. (Australia)
- What Do Mainstream Stores Offer?
[Image from Andover Fabrics.]