ABOUT OUR WEAVING PARTNERS

We work with many suppliers. These companies are our main weavers and knitters:

 

Egedeniz in Turkey egedeniztextile.com

Egedeniz make most of our jerseys and sweatshirt fleece. This is what they say:

The origin of cotton is Aegean region of Turkey (Near İzmir). We always obtain our own cotton from contracted farmers. Our spinning house is in Denizli. Depending on the quality or lead times we may use different knitting and dying houses placed in Denizli, İzmir or İstanbul. All facilities are certificated otherwise it is not possible to give GOTS certificate to the final items (fabric or clothes).
All of the facilities (Farms, Spinning, Knitting or even warehouse where the finished fabrics are controlled and packed) have to carry the responsibilities that certification requires. The certification is made by non-profit certification companies like ICEA or Control union.


 

Silk n Fab in India  - silknfab.com

Silk n Fab make many of our poplins, twills, cambridge, some jerseys, and unusual weaves like lappet and embroidered fabric.


 

Liahren in China - liahren.com

Liahren make our bamboo 'silks' and bamboo drape, which are 100% bamboo viscose. The process for these fabrics is done in a closed loop system. 

There's lots to know about bamboo, it grows freely without chemicals but the process of converting it to yarn uses chemicals. The same chemicals are used to make paper and soap.  
Our bamboo yarns are certified by Oeko-Tex 100 as being free from harmful chemicals. This is a good article about bamboo, viscose, Tencel etc https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/category/fibers/viscose/


 

Our first partner was Genesh in Kerala

We work with Genesh and his family to make a wide range of handmade fabrics. 

He makes around half of our fabrics. They are made in small batches of 100 to 300 metres. The process is very artisan and hands on - the yarns are dyed by hand, the weaving is done by hand on small powerlooms or handlooms. The printing is also done by hand.

Through Genesh, we also work with a Women’s Co-operative in Kerala called Gramodaya, who sew up our squares, scarves, cushions, aprons etc...

This is what Genesh wrote about the Co-operative in 2019:

Gramodaya, the ladies collective is self working / administered group for sewing. We give the fabrics and Gramodaya sew the made-ups.
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In 2009 a group of 12 ladies were formed and named the institution "Gramodaya". The objective of the formation of this group is to bring the ladies to the main stream of the society 
by the guide line of the Govt project named "kudumbasree" which means "family prosperity".
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Now 18 women are working in the co-operative.
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By supporting Gramodaya, a new story was written in patronizing a venture to attain their goals to live a better way, and now we are @ 10 years co-operative working with a bonded togetherness.

Regards
Genesh