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Our Brand Story

Hello

We are Fabric of Humanity, a sustainable enterprise creating positive impact with natural dyes and textiles. 


We invite you on an uplifting human journey intricately woven into our 100% natural, compostable, hypoallergenic Khadi and handloom cotton and natural dyes. 


We exist to support the revival of traditional textile wisdom and culture because for thousands of years naturally dyed, hand-loomed textiles such as ours have provided therapeutic properties for humanity and underpinned myth, ritual and life-affirming celebrations around the world. We believe by revisiting these ancient ways we can positively effect social change.


Our goal is that our work creates demand for quality sustainable products enabling us to support artisans and producers in rural Indian communities to sustain their important livelihoods and creates a positive impact through the supply of sustainable dyes & textiles to designers & brands.


We pledge to tread lightly on the planet while upholding a strong moral fibre. We foster tight knit and sustainable artisan communities by offering beautiful, contemporary future-heirlooms that have an ethical, social and environmental ethos embedded in every thread. 


Our makers are paramount to us. We design and make only premium products that are ethically sourced, biodegradable, non-toxic, zero waste to be treasured and stand the test of time. 


The care and feeling invested by our artisans and producers transmits magic into the luxurious hand feel of our textiles and creates the brilliant spectrum in our natural dye collection.  


When you support Fabric of Humanity you are not just a customer. You become a custodian and take a vital place within our story.

Our beautiful logo symbolises our brand ethos. Our icon features the Charkha which is the wheel that spins the cotton that makes our Khadi and handloom textiles, it rises like the sun from the hand of our artisans, the human energy that brings our work to life. The floral motif is central to these elements, as nature is the source of all of our products. 

Our Challenges

Fabric of Humanity uses intelligent, heart-centred design and production processes to honour ancient cultural textiles traditions and the people that practice them. 


Humankind is urgently seeking solutions to monumental environmental, ethical and social problems due to industrialisation. The modern textiles industry gobbles up fast-depleting, non-renewable resources, emits huge quantities of greenhouse gases and uses massive amounts of chemicals and water. Synthetic dyes used in mass production directly expose workers and the end user to a harmful cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, dyes, salts and heavy metals that not only contaminate the land but pollute drinking water through run-off and wash cycles. This must stop.


Before these destructive methods were introduced, for thousands of years handloom cloth and natural dyes made from local botanical resources were the backbone of rural economies. Spinning, farming and weaving skills were handed down through generations.

Sadly, many of these traditional artisan communities and customs have been all but lost over the past century thanks to the relentless march of modern machinery and industry.


In 1918 Mahatma Gandhi recognised the empowering benefits of hand-spinning and hand-weaving in the face of industrialisation by promoting the human-powered Khadi movement. At Fabric of Humanity we follow in Ghandi’s footsteps and recognise the positive political force of Khadi in providing regenerative agriculture opportunities, employment and particularly benefitting women who make up the majority of global textile workers and artisans. While organic fibres are of particular importance to us, we strongly believe they cannot come at the expense of our artisan communities. Our vision is to revive the Khadi movement and support an industry that is fair, restorative and sustainable. 

Our Goals & Ethos

Fabric of Humanity is a sustainable enterprise creating positive impact. Everything we do stems from how we can do better by our planet and all who live here. We want ethical and sustainable consumer choice to be easy.


Our artisans do more than bring beautiful products into the world. They bring humanity back into the picture. In return we continue to support them as they strive towards economic independence. We believe something as simple as a return to hand-loom and natural dyes will lead to a much more sustainable social and textile fabric for humanity, supporting integrity and sustainability for artisans and designers in the textile industry. We also hope conscious consumers will be encouraged to make more meaningful choices.

 

We are driven to:

- support artisanal dye and textile traditions

- creating demand for their products and respect for their traditions in the pursuit of safe, respectful employment

- celebrate ethical, sustainable production that delivers high-quality products that are made to last

- empower brands, designers & artisans to source sustainable, quality natural dyes & textiles in the pursuit of more circular supply chains

- constantly ensure our textiles and dyes have the smallest possible footprint


We work directly with suppliers in India on textiles to support rural India communities in the region of Bihar, respecting their traditional skills to ensure the longevity of safe, secure & sustainable employment for villages.


Our business model via our supplies insists on small-scale ethical production, fair wages for workers and healthy working conditions for all. It also uses a decentralised supply chain in order to support the small business ecosystem.


Fabric of Humanity pledges to produce 100 per cent zero waste products, supporting rural Indian communities and re-invigorating local manufacturing in Australia, enabling with the supply of premium natural dyes and textiles.

Health Benefits

We exercise and eat for health, it follows that the fabrics we expose our skin to should also be nurturing and chemical-free. 

Synthetic, chemical dyes create millions of tonnes of wastewater every year poisoning aquatic life, the food chain, the ecosystem and ourselves. The heavy metals are not biodegradable and can therefore build up to cause allergic reactions, gastrointestinal problems, skin diseases, birth deformities and alter basic human physiology. Our natural products are renewable, compostable, biodegradable and promote positive impacts to health. Our regenerative processes leave artisans and their environment in an improved state as they are not exposed to harmful toxins nor is chemical run-off harming their waterways or health.


Fabric of Humanity’s goal is to break the industrial cycle and create a positive, healthy and environmentally-friendly legacy. 

Responsibility & Transparency

Fabric of Humanity values our earth, our artisans and our health. We recognise the social responsibility to keep our business practices as transparent as possible and encourage you to ask us questions and hold us accountable about the ethics and sustainability of our products. We love what we do and invite you to join us on this journey to revive artisan traditions and positively shape the future of the textile industry. 


Our collective buying decisions have environmental and ethical consequences that greatly affect the future of our planet. Every time we buy something we choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution. Fabric of Humanity is always seeking to be part of the solution, whether it is refining our production practices or reviewing our business model. We are committed to making sure every stitch of our products can return to the earth, without harm. 


Here are some examples:

- our renewable, compostable and biodegradable natural dyes are plant-based

- our mordants and modifiers are mineral based

- all plant waste is used as compost-style fertiliser

- textile waste is minimised with any small fabric off-cuts used in other textile projects or to produce labelling

- we re-use our vat dyes two or three times to produce multiple colours on our cloth, then hand-stamp our labels/cartons

- our Natural Dye labels and stand-up pouches are compostable and the packaging meets the highest EU environmental standards including the resealable zipper, elastic and lining and our glass jars are designed to be re-used

- zero waste production

- fair wages & conditions for all artisans

- encourage giving new life to textiles, garments

Meet the Team

RENEE

Renee is an expert in branding and marketing with a career spanning 20+ years. Growing up in the rag trade, as the daughter of fashion r... retailers, she pursued a fulfilling career as a retail marketer, working for major fashion brands in Australia and in the sports/lifestyle space in Europe. Driven to make a positive impact on the global retail fashion arena, Renee sees Fabric of Humanity as an opportunity to bring wisdom, artisanal ways and sustainability to the forefront of the textile industry; invoking respect and appreciation of old ways; supporting and uniting rural communities; and importantly, to celebrate creativity and freedom. Renee believes in the importance of connecting to nature for body, mind and spirit  Read more

TOM

An avid digital marketer and entrepreneur, Tom ran Melbourne’s most celebrated inner-city organic farm cafe before jumping head first in... nto a career that combined both social enterprise and digital marketing. With over 15yrs experience in the digital game, he is the Founder of Upify creating holistic data-driven digital solutions to Shopify businesses. His passion to make a difference in the world led him to also found Bali.love, a social enterprise offering wedding solutions to budding couples and providing sustainable employment and development opportunities for his team. His digital agency supports technicians & specialists with ethical and sustainable employment. Fabric of Humanity represents the opportunity to combine his passion for social enterprise with his digital skill-set and make a positive impact on an even greater number of lives. Tom believes in social justice and creating thriving opportunities for all.  Read more

Meet the Team

RENEE


Renee is an expert in branding and marketing with a career spanning 20+ years. Growing up in the rag trade, as the daughter of fashion retailers, she pursued a fulfilling career as a retail marketer, working for major fashion brands in Australia and in the sports/lifestyle space in Europe. Driven to make a positive impact on the global retail fashion arena, Renee sees Fabric of Humanity as an opportunity to bring wisdom, artisanal ways and sustainability to the forefront of the textile industry; revoking respect and appreciation of old ways; supporting and uniting rural communities; and importantly, to celebrate creativity and freedom. Renee believes in the importance of connecting to nature for body, mind and spirit.

TOM


An avid digital market and entrepreneur, Tom ran Melbourne’s most celebrated inner-city organic farm cafe before jumping head first into a career that combined both social enterprise and digital marketing. With over 15yrs experience in the digital game, he is the Founder of Upify creating holistic data-driven digital solutions to Shopify businesses. His passion to make a difference in the world led him to also Found Bali.love, a social enterprise offering wedding solutions to budding couples and providing sustainable employment and development opportunities for his team. His digital agency supports technicians & specialists with ethical and sustainable employment. Fabric of Humanity represents the opportunity to combine his passion for social enterprise with his digital skill-set and make a positive impact on an even greater number of lives. Tom believes in social justice and creating thriving opportunities for all.