…remind me of something but nothing in particular.
So, this week sees lots of new fabrics for autumn/winter and in particular, the festive period in between.
Never ones to disappoint, Znok has thrown some excellent ones our way. And who are we to refuse? Resistence is futile. Top of the list and one with lots of pre-orders to fulfill, is ‘Vinter’ or to use the vernacular, Winter. Those Scandinavians know how to confuse me – it’s very easy, honestly.
Next up is ‘Crowded Jungle’ or as they say in Sweden, ‘Crowded Jungle’. In case you haven’t noticed I don’t have the Swedish version. Anyhoo, both of these fabrics are the usual mahoosive 150cm wide. Both Oekotex certified and both are soft, strong and very, very long. Oh wait…I’m getting confused. Both are made of the usual high quality organic cotton that we have come to know and love from Znok.
Our new(ish) supplier is Liandlo and I think you’ll agree that these too hit the spot with their jolly scenes of gnomes, squirrels, trees and all the usual little creatures that normally feature.
‘Landet, lilla snigel’ also features snails and translates as ‘farm’ on their website. But we’ve done some sniffing around and we uncovered some completely different meaning. More of which later.
Last up is ‘I ett hus i skogens slut’ which we are led to believe means ‘in the forest‘ but we know better. Both of these fabrics are in fact, the titles from Swedish nursery rhymes. They are super duper wide at 170cm and are GOTS certified.
And finally, here is what we found when we put Landet, Lilla Snigel into Google. I’m thinking Gareth Malone should get some construction workers to cover this.
After you’ve been blinded by the uniqueness and funkiness of our fabrics, you may or may not have noticed that most of the fabric we sell that is made by Znok are in fact sustainable fabrics. These fabrics carry the Oeko Tex certification.
Oeko Tex Standard 100 certification is not only about sustainability but also;
The ethics and ecology in the way fabrics and textiles are produced
Human ecology covers the way that chemicals within fabrics affect the health and wellbeing of the consumer
Performance ecology looks at how washing and dry cleaning processes can impact the environment
Disposal ecology takes problems with recovery, recycling and the disposal of fabrics.
Each fabric will have to undergo a barrage of tests within a lab setting to see how substances within the fabrics can affect the person who would be wearing them or coming into contact with them. Tests are rigorous and certification to be a sustainable fabric is not issued lightly.
We have only touched lightly on this subject but if you are interested or would like to find out more information, the Oeko Tex website is very informative.