Tradition & Culture
Our Khadi is accredited by the Khadi board which means that it meets the highest standards of ethical sourcing and accredited as hand-spun, hand-loomed authentic khadi production - a history rich in tradition and respect. The tradition of khadi since 1921 marked Indian democratic independence, giving a nation the tools to create livelihoods. The rich tradition represented by the spinning and weaving of Khadi became a symbol of self-reliance and self-governance. The ancient traditions of hand-looming khadi and creating natural dyes from plants and insects enjoyed much respect in skills and tradition and we are experiencing a resurgence which is set to revive artisanal traditions, bringing vitality and sustainability back into rural Indian village communities, but also integrity and sustainability to artisans, designers in the textile industry and to consumers to make meaningful choices.
Our business model 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.
Environment & Health
We greatly respect the environment, valuing our renewable resources and work with small-scale farmers to ensure balance in their crops and the health and wellbeing of their workers. Our natural products are renewable, compostable, biodegradable, harm-free to workers and promote positive impacts to health when using or wearing our dyes or khadi textiles and our regenerative processes leave the people and the environment in an improved state. Workers working with natural dyes are not exposed to harmful chemicals or toxins (like synthetic dye production), nor is water run-off harmful to the environment where it is produced nor the environment where it is being used (unlike chemical dye production and consumption which affects communities where it is produced and communities where they are used). Khadi textiles are 100% cotton, renown for their warmth in winter and their breathability in summer when worn on the skin. When slept on or in khadi bed linen (coming soon), we are enjoying the same benefits while we sleep. Whatsmore, as khadi exudes beautiful human energy, it is said that this positive human affinity supports a healthy night of restorative sleep. We will purchase sustainable carbon offsets to offset any mandatory travel to our partners in rural India.
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 aim is 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 aim to work with our artisans creating demand for their products and respect for their ancient textiles traditions, empowering them with a high-quality livelihood.
Our commitment is that every part of our products can return to the earth without harm.
Our dyes are plant-based or are from insects or shells and our mordants and modifiers are mineral based.
We source ethical and sustainable cotton from small-scale protected farmers and while we absolutely minimise our textile waste, we use any fabric off-cuts firstly in other fabrics and then to produce labelling.
Our labels and packaging for our Natural Dyes are compostable & biodegradable including the resealable zipper, lining, meeting the highest EU standards. We print on a thermal printer to reduce waste & packaging.