ONCE UPON A TIME
Growing up, my mother alway slept on a silk scarf and encouraged me to do the same for my skin and hair. My grandmother similarly wrapped her hair in silk and I decided to heed the advice. Immediately a silk convert, I began to explore the idea of producing mulberry silk pillowcases and baby cot sheets and so The Ethical Silk Company was born. Expanding into clothing, I wanted to showcase a timeless style that brings together luxury and comfort for the most intimate layer of fabric.
Looking for an alternative to traditional silk that has a shiny finish, I found a particular mulberry silk production that extracts the silk from the cocoon after the moth has left the cocoon. It is not a wild silk as all mulberry silk is farmed through a production known as sericulture. The result of the production is a beautifully rich mulberry silk (momme weight 19) with a satin weave which, because of the particular way it is produced, is more like a fine linen with a beautiful matte lustre rather than the shiny finish of traditional silk.
On one trip to India, I visited the Jeevan Jyothi AIDS Centre in Theni. Having seen the tireless work carried out by the staff with severely limited resources, I decided to pledge 5% company profits to the centre. Focus Ireland, a charity that works to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness, also receive 5% company profits.
Adhering to the 'buy well buy less' ethos, we want our customers to enjoy timeless quality products made through a sustainable supply chain. Selling direct to our customers enables us to keep our prices competitive whilst getting valuable insight into what our customers want and appreciate.
Our products are tailored and printed by hand at Mehera Shaw, a Fairtrade tailoring unit in Jaipur, India. Ethical tailoring is an integral part of The Ethical Silk Company, giving us, and our customers, peace of mind in our production and our supply chain.
Mehera Shaw is a sustainable production unit founded on business principles dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices. Its production unit in Jaipur follows Fairtrade standards in relation to employee and environmental practices.
They also support a women's group through Foundation Development Project where the same ethical and labor standards are followed. Its production unit in Jaipur follows Fairtrade standards in relation to employee and environmental practices.
Block printing is a centuries old tradition and heritage craft of India, passed down from generation to generation. In this artisan practice, the designs are traced onto teak wood and then carved by hand. The block is then dipped in dye and the pattern is stamped onto the fabric, by hand, one at a time.
This skilful technique requires time and consideration which is evident in the end result of the unique print.
Slight variance in color and print are characteristic of block printing, making each piece truly one of a kind. and illustrating its handmade beauty.
Dyes used are low impact, AZO free dyes. All water used is treated and recycled.