Fabulous Fabrics: Harmony Art Organic Design

Harmony Art Moon Organic FabricDesigner Harmony Susalla has created fabrics for everyone from Target and Costco to Hot Topic and Tony Hawk. In 1998, she co-founded Harmony Art Organic Design and launched her own line of organic fabrics.

The current line of fabrics includes 28 fabrics in a variety of solids and prints in sateen, twill, denim, interlock, and even a couple of flannels for those cozy sewing projects. There’s a clearance section for flawed fabrics which may work for smaller scale projects. You can also check out the upcoming new fabrics on a page of their web site that is just as creative as the fabrics themselves. Take a look to see what I mean!

Why organic? In Susalla’s own words:

The textile industry affects everyone, everywhere. It has also been one of the world’s largest polluters. Less than 3% of earth’s arable land is dedicated to cotton cultivation, yet it accounts for nearly 25% of all insecticide usage. According to the World Health Organization, twenty-thousand people die each year in developing countries as a result of the chemicals sprayed on cotton.

In addition to the fabrics, the Harmony Art website also has a wealth of information. The information sheet on organic versus convention cotton is a real eye-opener, even if you know a little bit about organics. Susalla’s blog, the journey is the prize, offers a window into the business. The Frequently Asked Questions are quite helpful if you’re considering a purchase, and it includes links to retail ordering options for the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The list of products from other companies that have used Harmony Art fabrics is impressive.

Harmony Art Surrender Organic FabricSome Harmony Art fabrics are produced in India and some in the United States. All but the wide width fabrics are third party certified to conform to the Global Organic Textile Standards for fair trade, and they are working on certification for the wide widths in 2008.

[Images from Harmony Art Organic Design: Moon and Surrender.]

Written by Skye Kilaen

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.


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