Our Natural Fabrics
We believe strongly at Free Natives that what you wear against your skin should be free from toxins, chemicals and plastics, as well as being low-impact on the planet, and the people involved in its making.
When we wear good quality clothes it makes us feel good in turn - inside and out.
At Free Natives we work hard to source natural fabrics that have a low as possible impact of the planet. We favour silk noil, also know as peace silk, Irish linens and organic GoTs certified cotton.
We take pride in sharing the origins and stories behind the fabrics we discover, in the belief that this adds to the provenance of your garment.
Why do we use Organic Cotton?
Organic cotton is more sustainable and ethical than regular cotton, protecting the environment where it is grown whilst also providing a stable income with fair wages for
those who produce it. Organic cotton uses no chemical pesticides or fertilisers, limits soil erosion and is less thirsty than normal cotton.
The advantages of organic cotton extend beyond sustainability, ethics and economics. Clothes made from organic cotton are also higher quality, softer, and more durable.
The benefits to using organic cotton are wide and varied but here are some of the key reasons you should give organic cotton a go...
Organic cotton uses way less water than traditional growing techniques, as much as 91% less.
Due to less input being requires, organic cotton consumers as much as 62% less CO2, vastly reducing its carbon footprint.
Organic cotton doesn't use fertilisers, or pesticides, making it safer for our eco system and all who live in it.
Organic cotton is much better for your skin and it hasn't had the chemical pumped in to it that other cottons have.
100% cotton, so our whole range, takes less than 5 months to bio degrade.
About our Dobby stripe
Our GOTS certified organic cotton is hand woven in Kerala, using a traditional floor loom and device called a Dobby, characterised by small geometric patterns and extra texture in the cloth. The warp and weft
threads may be the same colour or different. This fabric is beautiful for making dresses with as it falls and drapes effortlessly.
The weaving of this fabric is a very artisanal process done by hand, producing fabric rolls of just 30 metres at a time.
What does GOTS mean?
All of our cotton is GOTS certified, with each roll coming with its own confirmation of origin and its standard. But what does GOTS means?
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed by leading standard setters to define world-wide recognised requirements for organic textiles. From the harvesting of the raw materials,
environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing to labelling, textiles certified to GOTS provide a credible assurance to the consumer.
Want to find out more? Click here to visit the Global Standards website.
About Free Natives
Free Natives was conceived in the frozen new year of 2020. We offer versatile garments with a story, that fit seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe.
Designs and colour palettes are heavily influenced by nature, and our interaction with it. The colours, the sounds, the smells. The textures, even.
Garments are made to order or in small batches, avoiding unnecessary waste.
The label is conceptualised, sampled, dyed and sewn by Lauren Geoghegan in Nottinghamshire, England.