I have a real affinity for natural fabrics, which is why I've chosen to work with linen and later introduced raw silk to the womenswear range. For me, they tick all the boxes: beautiful texture and drape, soft, breathable and comfortable to wear, as well as low impact on the environment. The clothing design process really begins when I find the right fabrics to work with and while I have a soft spot for linen, I'm always on the look out for other natural, ethically produced textiles. So, when I lay my eyes (and hands) and organic cotton Khadi fabrics, I couldn't get them out of my head for days and took it as a sign! I'm testing a few different types of this fabric and am very excited to include it in the SS/18 clothing range. Watch this space!
If you're not familiar with Khadi, it's a hand-spun, hand-woven fabric of India that is ethical and sustainably managed and environmentally friendly. Aside from being incredibly beautiful, this type of fabric has a powerful history and culture which includes Ghandi, the Indian freedom movement and today's growing commitment to ethical fashion.
To learn more about Khadi, its production, community building and ethical fashion, I invite you along to attend A Way Ahead: Ethical Khadi at the Fashion and Textile Museum on the 24th November.