Silk/Rayon organically dyed using organic indigo. Approximately 22 1/4" by 68 1/4". Jeju Collection. Handcrafted in South Korea.
Care: use no chemicals. Do not scrub. Use neutral detergent or shampoo. Extended exposure to sun will fade colors but they will not crock (transfer).
Jeju Collection The island of Jeju in South Korea has a 500-year long history of organic vegetable dyeing, most notably using persimmon pulp to toughen and dye traditional cotton clothing. While meandering through Jeju City with my daughter, we stumbled upon a dye shop run by Hee Jin and her mother-in-law. Using all-natural, organic substances, they dye the clothing and other creations they sew and quilt. They have practiced their art for many years and collect most dyestuff materials on their family farm, whose cash crop is tangerines. Hee Jin named the sources of the organic dyes used for each of a group of scarves I bought to offer here. At times, though, she didn't know the English word and Google Translate wasn't helping. I've done my best to list the materials used in the product names.
"I take sustainable fashion seriously. Organic clothing shoppers can rest easy knowing I design the Sympatico collection with respect for the earth and its people. Each piece is handcrafted in the US using eco-friendly, nontoxic hemp and Tencel to offer years of timeless style."
-- Designer Rose Gerstner, Sympatico founder
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Easy, Eco-Friendly Care
Our sustainable hemp/Tencel fabric blend is easy to care for. To enhance its wonderfully supple hand and keep your clothes looking their best, follow these eco-friendly tips:
- Launder in cold water with like colors using an eco-friendly detergent. To preserve original color, launder garment inside out.
- We recommend you air-dry your Sympatico clothes to reduce energy consumption.
- Because the hemp content may produce wrinkles and develop a somewhat firm hand during laundering and air-drying, tumble your dry clothes in a warm dryer for a few minutes to relax wrinkles and soften the fabric's hand. (Because hemp softens with wear, this step becomes unnecessary as your garment ages.)
- Promptly remove clothes from the dryer and let them cool down on hangers.
- If needed, touch up collars and hems with a hot iron. To prevent possible shine from a setting that's too-high, iron inside out.
- When traveling, roll up your Sympatico clothes then hang them up on arrival. A quick spritz with water will help eliminate wrinkles. (I find spritzing my craft fair inventory on hangers works like a charm for releasing wrinkles that develop during travel.) Hanging wrinkled items in a steamy bathroom is a great alternative to ironing also.
Thanks to hemp's anti-microbial properties you'll probably find that you launder your Sympatico wear less often, reducing the energy your clothes consume.
For more information and eco-friendly laundering tips, see How to Save the Planet - One Washer Load at a Time.