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Down the drain: Microfiber pollution hidden threat

Today an astounding 60% of all clothing is made with synthetic materials. Housewares that include textiles are produced with an even higher percentage of plastics. From bedding (remember when we used to call them ”linens”?) to microfiber fleece and undies, fabrics derived from petrochemicals and inorganic chemicals have changed the textile landscape. Unfortunately, they’re also [...]

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When “new” matters

Anastacia in a Paprika Princess Top and Grey Fog Flip Skirt.How do you feel about new? If you follow the fashion world, you'll notice that newness is a critical part of headlines like: What styles are in? or What's new for spring? I think part of the attraction of new is that it wakes us up and reminds us that we're alive and experiencing something [...]

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Conventional dying’s dirty secrets

The ways in which clothes get dyed run the gamut from heavy-duty industrial processes using synthetic chemicals to more “crafty” artisanal approaches using natural dyestuffs. It’s easy to make the leap from that information to the assumption: Synthetic dyes bad, natural dyes good. Were it only that simple! As with so many environmental issues, [...]

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Got special fit needs? I may be able to help.

When customer Emily Estes shared the details of a recent trip she made to the Texas capitol, it prodded me to mention Sympatico’s custom cuts and alteration services. Emily wanted me to make a modification to her Swallowtail Top sleeves, which I was happy to do in time for her Texas trip where she met [...]

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One top, two looks

From casual to dressy, the Tuxedo Top transforms into your look. Create your own look on any given day with our wearable, durable hemp/Tencel clothing.Anna’s Tuxedo Top in Twilight worn with  Stovepipe Pants in Black (left) creates a tidy profile; (right) pairing the Tuxedo with a Tank Top and a  Flip Skirt in Black and boots produces a different look.

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Travel Tales: Our Tank Tops take a hike

Cindy Kimball, the winner of this edition of Travel Tales, loves her Sympatico clothes because "they are comfortable, wear well even on trips after having been packed away in luggage, are light and look nice."But she's a true devotee of the Sympatico Tank Top. She put a trio of them to work as part of [...]

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Does modest dressing oppress or liberate women?

There's a controversy about modest fashion between those who think it is for oppressed women who are often seen as backward religious adherents and others who consider it aspirational and reflective of independent women who dress for themselves rather than for men.According to The New York Times’s chief fashion critic, Vanessa Friedman, modest dressing is a defining [...]

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Travel Tales: Adventures in exotic textiles shopping

Last year I visited the Batik Market in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, a city known for its art, especially its batiks. During my visit, I watched an artisan make a batik fabric which using wax as a resist. With repeated dips in dye baths, complex patterns emerge. The quality of Indonesia batiks depends upon the type of fabric [...]

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Microbusinesses matter more than you think

In the late 1970s I was part of a rural cottage industry that depended on home based stitchers to help craft the natural fiber apparel we sold. At the time, the US clothing industry was in the midst of a seismic upheaval. It had begun sending its manufacturing offshore in search of the lowest possible [...]

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Travel Tales: Honeymoon in Israel

Lots of you tell me you take your Sympatico wear along when you travel. I’d love to hear (and see) more about how it worked for you. Where did you go? What styles did you wear? How did your Sympatico items travel? Got any packing tips? In telling your Travel Tale, feel free to color [...]

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