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Seam Siren

An extraordinary line of women’s clothing with a viewpoint and understanding far beyond any other website I’ve seen. Clothes designed for healing are made from “100% chemical-free” wild Himalayan nettle, flax, and hemp, colored with plant-based dyes. There is so much information available on the site about the fibers, dyes, skin detox, health and other related topics I could spend all day reading this. This is the purest clothing I’ve seen. “Seam Siren is fiercely committed to purity in every layer of the company from our plant-based care labels to chemical-free fibers. We have made a commitment to create relationships with the communities that both harvest the fiber from the wild, and those that are growing our fibers organically. We are proud to stand confidently behind terms like, “organic”, “sustainable”, “plant-based”, “wildcrafted” and “chemical-free”, knowing in our hearts that we are operating from a place of transparency and integrity….These botanical fibers and dyes act as a medicinal delivery system from the material to your skin. One of the oldest examples comes from the Indian tradition of Ayurveda. Now referred to as “Ayurvastra”, or “healing cloth”, this practice involves combining natural fibers and medicinal plants to dye clothing, bedding, and anything else that would come in contact with the body to promote healing. Two clinical studies proving the efficacy of this practice were conducted in India: One by the Kerala Ministry of Health and the other one by the Pharmacology department of the Government Ayurveda College…When we are unable to harvest our own colors due to volume, we source our dyes from a company that has created fully GOTS certified organic plant-based dyes, which are the most earth-friendly on the market with full traceability from the plants to the final colors.” This website gave me a whole new level of possibility about what clothing can be.

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Cloth Foundry

Textiles and apparel (for women) in collaboration with nature. Natural Fibers. Natural Finishes. Natural Dyes. Our extraordinary textiles are obtained from prized and certified sustainable natural fibers. We manufacture in California with clean ingredients utilizing strict biological and ethical principles…We make textiles to be worn by people. Our fabric is designed to be in direct contact with our bodies. Produced with clean green ingredients such as cotton, a carbohydrate, real botanicals like indigo dye and minerals, for example calcium carbonate, the main component of pearls and eggshells; it is our belief that textiles and apparel should be made with the same consideration as food — naturally, and with nothing we can’t consume. What’s on our bodies should be just as good as what we put in them….Every product is designed to be cared for, repaired, and passed on–not landfilled. It is our hope that after a long life of use, it can be composted worry free.” Just go to their website and read everything. Especially their blog. A whole different viewpoint on textiles.

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Industry of all Nations

This website has some of the purest clothing I’ve seen for men (but I would wear this clothing too). Just one example is a 100% organic cotton twill blazer, unbleached and undid, with river shell buttons. Same jacket also available in blue, made with fermented natural indigo dye. Espadrille sneakers made of cotton and jute. Shop by style or material: undid & unleaded, natural dyes, alpaca, organic cotton, and more. Simple, natural, organic, loose.

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Sustain By Kat

Casual clothing for women and kids, in timeless basic styles designed to be worn season after season. “Sustain makes healthy clothing from organic, natural fibers that are good for your body and good for the world. Unlike traditional manufacturing processes, we avoid using synthetic dyes and toxic chemicals that could absorb into your skin and cause health issues. Our selection of plant-dyed clothing made with certified organic materials and ayurvedic processes promote well-being…All our clothing is 100% natural, from the organic fibers, to the natural dyes, all the way down to the organic thread sewing it together. We sweat the details to make the cleanest clothing around, so that our clothing is safe for both you and our world.”

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Maiwa Clothing

Clothing for men and women, hand made in India using traditional methods. “Our garments feature a range of artisan techniques. Depending on the garment these may include, handwoven cloth, block printing, ikat dyeing, natural dyes, and many forms of surface design. We make naturally dyed clothing and accessories designed to be worn everyday. We want to make it easy to find clothing that you love that isn’t made using toxic dyes and chemicals or plastic fibers…Whenever possible, we search for the highest quality all-natural and organic dyes and fibers, including grown-in-Texas organic cotton, biodegradable coconut husk beads, and organic indigo. Our mission is to show that it’s possible to make clothing that’s good for people and good for the environment, and still make it something you want to wear every day.”

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Soluna Collective

Handmade clothing for women. “Our promise is to use as many natural materials as possible while also identifying other eco-friendly alternatives. Some of the materials we use include organic cotton, wool, cruelty free silk, linen, corozo, cupro and Tencel. We also promise to be accountable for our materials and will take back any garment in order to keep it out of the landfill!. We only use low-impact and natural (plant-based) dyes. We are devoted to keeping color a part of our world but in an environmentally responsible way. All of our dyes eliminate harmful chemicals from the process, while some of our dyes contain only naturally occurring ingredients. Lastly, many of our dyes are Oeko-Tex and/or GOTS certified.

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Megan-Ilene

Beautiful clothing for women. ‘Hand dyed, made-to-order artisanal clothing and accessories for the discerning customer…sustainable, biodegradable, handmade….All items are made by hand in our Greensboro, North Carolina studio using organic natural fibers and cloth. All dyes used are either natural or low impact synthetic with a focus on low immersion techniques to prevent water waste. All textile off-fall is reconfigured, reused or revitalized creating a closed loop, zero waste system.Megan Ilene studio strives to create beautiful, well-designed, and long-lasting garments incorporating old and new practices to create fresh pieces.By creating items that can be worn a myriad of ways and utilizing materials that are ultimately safe for Earth’s reclamation we hope to change the thought process one utilizes with purchasing goods. Who made your clothes? What are they made of? It is our hope that by producing and consuming mindfully, we can focus on craftsmanship, reduce waste, and create truly impeccable clothing for the discerning customer.”

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Gaia Conceptions

“Handmade Eco Chic Apparel for the Global Nomad” … every piece we offer is custom to you and handmade in North Carolina. Our goals at Gaia Conceptions are to ensure our clothing materials and production methods are rooted in sustainability and our garment designs are beautiful, comfortable, and highly versatile. The first step was to only use certified organic fabrics that are produced either locally (North Carolina, USA) or through fair trade practices abroad. We also made sure our dyes are as eco-friendly as possible often passing on certain colors because they didn’t meet our standards. A mixture of natural dyes and low impact fiber reactive dye color options is currently the most eco-friendly option. We are always experimenting with new techniques and researching new possibilities.” For women (including plus sizes) and children.

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XSilk

Made-to-order silk clothing for women, with a Japanese sensibility. This artisanal design & craft studio focuses on hand dyed and hand painted textiles. “We produce garments and accessories using time-tested traditional processes with a modern sensibility. Each piece is crafted individually, and often is a one-of-a-kind piece…We dye in a eco conscious way by using safest method of dyeing available to us. We operate on “made-to-order” mode of production so to keep our waste to minimal. Our materials are locally sourced. Our dye workshop is open to those who wants to learn about natural dyeing including indigo dyeing, botanical dyeing and several different traditional Japanese textile coloring processes.” NOTE: No mention is made of the silk being organic.

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Homegrown Cotton

Cotton polo shirts for men, made by eighth generation cotton farmer who “thought there was a way to produce a high quality cotton polo shirt utilizing locally grown cotton. By the farmer producing the cotton and the finished garment there is full trace-ability back to the field from which it was grown. Every step of the production process is done as local as possible to minimize our carbon footprint and to support the many local businesses involved. We use all natural, environmental friendly dyes and our Natural Shirt has no dye or bleach, just raw cotton. The final cutting and sewing of our shirt is done only 40 miles away from the farm on which it was grown. We hope you enjoy your shirt grown and sewn in South Carolina and appreciate your support of our products. Note: cotton is not organic.

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Maelu

Flowing clothing for women with gorgeous tradition design—apparel, kaftans, kimono, and oversize scarves. I just want to order everything, it’s all so beautiful and easy to wear. “Maelu is an ethical women’s apparel line handmade in India using traditional artisan techniques such as block printing, hand weaving and screen printing. We focus on sustainable textiles made with natural fibers and vegetable dyes. “Wooden blocks are hand carved out of teak wood and then applied with natural dyes before being stamped on cotton or silk. Our natural dyes are made with a variety of materials including jaggery, pomegranate skins, alum and indigo bush. Each color and design in the pattern requires a different block, resulting in an incredibly intricate process. After being stamped the printed fabric is laid out in the village field to dry in the sun and set the color. The fabric is then steamed, washed and ironed to permanently fix the colors.”

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