Alchemy uses environmentally friendly, sustainable fabrics as much as possible, including: Recycled Indian Saris, Organic Cotton, and Bamboo. With our Sitara line, we use only fibre-reactive, AZO free dyes and non-toxic biodegradable softeners - these have the lowest possible impact on the environment.
RECYCLED SARI FABRIC:
A sari is a 5 metre piece of fabric traditionally worn by Hindu women. Alchemy uses thousands of recycled Indian saris every year. In India, hundreds of jobs are created by the used sari market, and women throughout the country can make extra money by selling their old fashions. We also further recycle this sari fabric by using leftover pieces to make patchwork bags, scarves & hairbands.
Each year in the deserts of Rajasthan, India, we take the time to hand-select 100% pure silk saris for our collection. We use only the most beautiful soft, earthy & jewel tone colors and delicate prints. This is getting to be more and more challenging as most saris on the market are called “silk” but in fact they are nylon or polyester. We do use some nylon saris in our collection to make long skirts & pants however, and the ones we select are all soft and drape beautifully on the body. Alchemy’s recycled sari pieces are quality, one-of-a-kind works of wearable art. These pieces carry a vibration from the women who once wore the saris – one is often attracted to a particular piece without knowing why.
The fabric in our SITARA line is a custom blend of 47% bamboo mixed with 47% organic cotton and 6% lycra. Bamboo fibres make this fabric exceptionally soft, also making it “breathe” very well - bamboo wicks moisture naturally away from the skin.
The benefits of Bamboo:
*Bamboo is a fast-growing, drought and flood-resistant grass that does not require the use of any pesticides or herbicides.
*Growing bamboo improves soil quality and helps rebuild eroded soil.
*Bamboo plants absorb about 5 times the amount of carbon dioxide and produce about 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
*The bamboo we use is processed in the same eco-friendly manner - in a closed-loop system where 99% of the bio-degradable solution used is reclaimed and reused in the next batch.
Our organic cotton is certified by the Control Union, an international, independent inspection and certification agency operating in Europe & Asia.
The Benefits of Organic Cotton:
* Organic cotton does not use genetically modified seeds.
* Organic cotton doesn’t use pesticides, fungicides or herbicides.
* Organic farming techniques promote a healthy ecosystem as a whole. Frequent crop rotations and cover crop strategies replace synthetic fertilizers to keep the soil healthy and productive.
* Soil of organic cotton has an increase in organic matter, which retains more moisture, that means using less water.