NATURE IS FUTURE
These yarns and fabrics are meticulously designed and produced as a reflection of our innovative spirit and green concerns.
These yarns and fabrics are made from cotton, spun with various natural fibers extracted from agricultural inedible leftovers such as lotus stem, banana trunk, galangal stem, pineapple leaves, kapok, and silk. Dyeing with vernacular plant extracts such as betel nuts, tea leaves, tropical almonds leaves, natural indigo, and lac make these fabrics holistically eco-friendly.
Lotus is a profoundly symbolic flower, representing enlightenment and divine virtues of purity and non-attachment. Lotus fiber, gathered from the lotus stem, has good absorbent quality. In addition to being easily degradable and environmentally friendly, the use of Lotus fibers is congruent with our green intention as it applies to our resource optimization and zero-waste concept.
Silk is a luxurious material. It is also one of the strongest natural fibers. Its soft, yet not slippery, texture makes silk very comfortable to wear in any weather. Silk’s absorbency makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather and while active. Its low conductivity keeps in warmth during cold weather.
Pineapple fibers, taken from the leaves, allow us to fully maximize our resources and reduce waste. Usually, only the fruits are harvested and the leaves of the plant become waste. These fibers are anti-bacterial and high in tenacity. They have remarkable moisture management properties. Recognizing the special properties of pineapple fibers, we purchase the leaves from farmers, simultaneously increasing their income. The fibers are woven into fabrics to create beautiful, luxurious and versatile textiles. Pineapple fibers are suitable for apparels and industrial uses.
Galanga is the special ingredient in the famous Thai Tom Yum soup that gives it its deliciously unique taste and fragrance. To further maximize and fully utilize the wonderful properties of Galanga, we gathered Galanga fiber from its stem and incorporated the fiber in textile. The stem is not previously used and usually turns into waste after harvest. Through this innovation, we can execute our zero-waste concept. Galanga fiber is biodegradable, non-toxic, and strong. In addition, it can prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. Using a Galanga fiber clothing or product, we can take comfort in knowing that we are less susceptible to molds and germs whilst being environmentally-responsible!
Besides their delicious tropical taste, bananas have many wonderful and unique usages, be it in consumption, decoration, handcrafts, or packaging. Banana fibers, extracted from the trunks, are less commonly used. The fibers are very strong, and light-weight with minimal elongation when stretched. Its property of rapid moisture absorption and release makes it an ideal material to incorporate into textiles. Banana fiber has varying degrees of softness which caters to different usages. The softest innermost fiber are good for kimonos and kamishimo, while the outermost fiber are suitable for table cloths. In addition to being easily degradable and environmentally friendly, the use of banana fibers is congruent with our green intentions as it applies to our resource optimization and zero-waste concept.
Lemon grass fibers are extracted from the stem. Lemon grass has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Lemon grass fiber fabrics are suitable for home-textile, spa products, and clothing.
Sugar palm is native to South and Southeast Asia. It can live up to more than 100 years and reach a height of 30 m. Its large trunk resembles that of thecoconut tree- single stem, large stump,and cylindrical trunk with height of 10-25m. Its large size and regular growth pattern make it an attractive ornamental tree. Commonly found on coastal regions and arid regions, palm trees are cultivated for planting in gardens and parks. There is a variety of usages of sugar palm trees in our daily life, such as in food, furniture, textiles and accessories.
Kapok fibers can be easily blended with cotton, silk, duck down, wool, cashmere, and other synthetic fiber to dilute the structure of the cloth. Kapok tree is a sustainable crop and does not need to be replanted every year. The hollow air-filled tubes of the Kapok fibers allow for thermal insulation. Thus, they are optimal winter clothes, hats, gloves, socks, underwear for men and women, sportswear, and pajamas. Kapok fibers can support as much as 30 times its own weight in water and loses only 10 percent of buoyancy over a 30-day period. It is a green alternative as it reduces usage and imports on chemical fertilizer, pesticide, and textile chemicals. By consuming more Kapok products, we can contribute to adding value to Kapok, creating jobs for local people, reducing our carbon footprint whilst keeping the rain forest alive and abundant.
The bamboo is nature’s wonders wrapped as a gift. The fastest-growing plant has various uses across Asia. It is extremely light and elastic, ideal for using as a building material. Bamboo fibers have many properties suitable for processing into textile. Bamboo textile is pleasantly soft and light. It is wonderful for moisture-management as well. Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants due to its fast-growing rate, leaving out the use of pesticides. Its antibacterial properties require no use of chemicals to maintain the fabric. It also is naturally deodorizing. It is the ultimate environmentally-friendly raw material. The fabric adorns any home deco with class and beautifies any clothing style.
Hemp is one of the earliest domesticated plant known and one of the strongest natural textile fibers. Hemp fibers are water absorbent, naturally resistant to mold, and has natural UV protection. This property also allows breathability, thus wearing the textile will provide comfort in both cool and warm weather.
Besides the common yellowish white color of cotton, cotton can be bred to have natural red, green or brown colors. With absolutely no chemical dyeing, color cotton keeps our rivers clean while displaying shades of green and brown. Colors do not fade overtime. This type of cotton is rare as the harvesting process requires specialized techniques and facilities. Evidence showed that natural colored cottons have exceptional UV protection properties. The different shades of natural color give the fabric a special touch.
Tea is not just an aromatic beverage, it is a culture. Not only is it rich in heritage, tea is also rich in color. Tea leaves can be used as a natural dye on textiles, producing various tones of earthy brown.
Traditionally, betel nuts are chewed as a form of addictive substance, known to promote alertness, stamina, and euphoria. When used as a natural dye on cloth, the product is a beautiful earthy brown color.
Lac is obtained through the scarlet secretion of lac insects. Ancient uses of lac are found in cosmetics, garment dyes, and food and beverages coloring. Lac dyes are a lively shade of pinks and reds.
The leaves of the tropical almond trees can be used as fabric dyes. The result is an olive brown shade.
Indigo dye has been used for thousands of years by civilizations all over the world. It is the most widely used natural dye in history. Natural indigo dyes give off a beautiful blue color. Indigo dyes are one of the world’s most versatile dyes.
Myrobalan’s typical commercial use is food for silk worms. As a natural textile dye, Arjun produces a unique olive-brown shade.
Cinnamon is no stranger to any baking enthusiast. The rich reddish brown powder could also dye fabric into the same beautiful shade.
Aside from being everyone’s favorite drink, coffee could be used as natural fabric dyes. Coffee peels, when used as dyes, produce an earthy brown shade, reminiscent of your frothy morning latte.
The mangosteen fruit has a rich purple exterior and an edible, delicious interior. The fruit’s exterior could be used as dyes, producing a beautiful, warm reddish brown shade.
The Sappan tree is native to Southeast Asia. Aside from its medicinal uses, the Sappan tree can be used as textile dyes, giving off a beautiful reddish brown color.
A popular fruit in Thailand, tamarinds have a deep brown shade. When used as a natural dye, the fruit can produce beautiful, earthy brown tones on the cloth.