We work with several mills. The mills making our organic cotton fabrics are all GOTS certified. We have worked with them for many years. These companies are our main weavers and knitters.
Egedeniz in Turkey
They make most of our jerseys. 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.
This is the company website - https://www.egedeniztextile.com/
Silk n Fab in India
Silk n Fab make many of our poplins, twills, cambridge, some jerseys, and unusual weaves like lappet and embroidered fabric. This is the company website - https://www.silknfab.com/
Liahren in China
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 silk and bamboo drape is 100% bamboo viscose. The process for these fabrics is done in a closed loop system. This is the company that makes most of our bamboo viscose fabric http://www.liahren.com/
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/
Dyed bamboo is dyed in an Oeko-Tex certified dying unit. We urge you to research yourself and make your own decision. We take the view that it is far less harmful to people than conventional cotton growing.
Our jerseys are made in Turkey. We do have an organic cotton and bamboo mix jersey. The mill buys the Oeko-tex certified yarn from Tanboocel. The dyes are also Oeko-Tex certified. Super jersey is made from 46% bamboo viscose and 46% organiccotton and 8% Lycra.
Our main partner is 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. Very hands on, the yarns are dyed by hand, the weaving is done by hand on small powerlooms or handlooms. The printing is done by hand.
Through Genesh, we also work with a Womens Co-operative in Kerala called Gramodaya.
The Womens co operative in Kerala called Gramodia sew up our squares, scarves, cushions, aprons etc...
This is what Genesh wrote about the Co operative in 2019
Hello, Thanks for asking details. Gramodaya, the ladies collective is self working / administered group for sewing. We gave the fabrics and Gramoday sew the made-ups. Gramodaya is a group of women who were scattered to different private sewing concerns and getting very low earnings. As a remote and economically backward village our native people were struggling to sustain. I have been thinking to unite some of the talented women other than forming a private institution and I give a suggestion in front of the Local Self Govt: Body and 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" 10 numbers of Juki sewing machines were bought in 2010 and in 2012 January one more machine along with a button whole and button stitching machine were allotted them freely by the disctrict local self Govt: An additional funding from Govt has alloted to the group and the District level Local govt: sanctioned a new own building to this group which was completed by March 2013. And 2016 is another special year with a mile stone by obtaining 10 sewing machine by the world famous construction company L&T, who were in the process of build KANNUR INTERNATIONAL AIR PORT. As per our request to the Dt.administraion, it was forwarded to L&T and make using their CSR ( corporate social responsibility) fund, 10 sewing machines, and an ironing machine were arranged. Now 18 women are working. And happy to describe that last 4 months 90% working days they have been sewing the cloths, Aprons, cushions, bags for " Organic Textile Company" and its a mile stone to us also. Myself has some duties when they run out of sewing, its my responsibilities to collect sewing work for them from other concerns. Among them last year by three months Gramodaya did 7000 sets of school uniforms, which gave a big opportunity to the people with a breakthrough self -confidence. From its energy They made in house furnishing worthy to be high class production centre. We, by supporting the Gramodaya, a new story was written in patronizing a venture to attain their goals to live a better way, and now we are @ 10th years co-operative working with an bonded togetherness Regards Genesh
Are the working conditions of your weavers good and are they well paid?
Genesh our partner in Kerala writes (june 2017)...
Yes it is true the living and earning circumstances are entirely different in India. As per our labor earnings, They are getting in between INR 400/- to 500/- (£6) daily as wages. In addition For Onam up to 16% of their annual wage level is distributing as Bonus + In the Time of Vishu Cash Leave allowances and leave wages are distributing. In another side, Three of our weavers control 2 looms hence they are getting more income, as they have more productivity than others and is getting INr1000-1500 per day according to the quality. These people are like tiny entrepreneurs with Two looms at their home premises. So normally their working system is not affected with sanitation etc. Most of our weaving section is working like a free institution with one or two looms which is running and controlled by the whole family members. Husband weave, wife wind the pirns, elder parents wind bobbins etc. Wife and Husband inspect the fabric before I am taking from them to take notice how their weave looks like. Another side we protect some old women who wind the bobbins. One of the lady's photo I was sending before. They earn 200-300 Rs daily sitting in the portico of the home hearing radio/ TV programs. They are very good people with plenty of experience with yarns. Finer to thicker yarns, Jute and Linens, Curling High twist, viscose etc.. etc Most of the people get a pension from the Govt of INr1000.00(Thousand Rupees). They are very Lovely people who express their good Looking attitude with a smile and Love. I have decided to give a few amount to Mrs.Devaki, the old woman who pose for our photo, and was very happy to ready to take photos. She posed with her grand children that time, and I have taken the two print outs to give them.
GOTS certified fabrics are made in mills, the mills are inspected and certified and the workers rights are covered in the certification.