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We have been aware of the adverse effects of fast fashion and synthetic fibres on the environment. With increasing awareness, many have adopted a more sustainable alternative. In this blog, we bring to you our sustainable fabrics and crafts that will help you choose better for the environment.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE FABRIC?


Sustainable fabrics refer to textile that is procured from environmentally sustainable resources, like sustainably grown fibre crops or recycled materials. The process by which the fabrics are manufactured (including the manufacturing, dyeing and final finishing) also determines the sustainable value of the fabric.


WHY DO WE NEED SUSTAINABLE FABRICS?


 The fashion industry is a major contributor to pollution and damage to the environment. Here are some statistics about this industry-

- Accounts for about 8-10% of global carbon emissions,

- Accounts for 20% of wastewater. 

- 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year.

- 35% of the microplastics that enter the ocean come via the washing of synthetic textiles.


Thus, it is now crucial to consider the sustainability of materials in fashion. The renewability and source of a fibre, the process of how a raw fibre is turned into a textile, the impact of preparation and dyeing of the fibres, energy use in production and preparation, the working conditions of the people producing the materials, and the material's total carbon footprint.

Being an Ethical & Sustainable Textile Manufacturer, one of our primary objectives is to bring sustainability to the production of our artisanal textiles through a transparent supply chain.



Here Are Some Sustainable Fabrics That We Offer


Plant-based fibres: 

Cotton:  Khadi fabric is completely made of natural material by the manual process of hand-spinning & hand weaving. The craft of finest Khadi has been declining but Anuprerna has been trying to revive it.

Meanwhile Organic Khadi cotton is an even more sustainable version of regular organic cotton. 

Linen: It is a natural fabric made from the fibre of the flax plant. It is a durable fabric that is made by handweaving at Anuprerna. 

Non-Violent Processes:

Peace Silk fabrics are natural materials made from silk fibre procured without the killing of silkworms. This too is a durable and strong fabric that blends well with other natural fibres and has an affinity for natural dyes. Read more about- Matka Peace Silk & Ketya Peace Silk

Low Impact Dyeing:

Anuprerna is using low impact GOTS certified Azo-free Dye to dye all our yarns and fabrics.

We are also working with Natural Vegetable Dye and have produced 20-22 shades of natural dyed hues.


Ethical Artisanal Craft Processes:

Jamdani is a craft that has long been on the verge of extinction. But we are trying to save this craft by creating awareness about it.

All our fabrics are handwoven on the Handloom. Fabrics like Jacquard are being handwoven by around 300+ handloom weavers across Bengal. 

The very idea of Kantha is based on recycling and reusing. We are working with a cluster of Kantha artisans which comprises of 100% female artisans.


Hand printed fabrics like BatikShibori & Tie-dye are being manually processed and then hand-dyed using azo-free or natural dyes making them environmentally friendly fabrics. 


Team Anuprerna

Team Anuprerna

At Anuprerna, We request everyone to contribute and share. This way we can create global recognition for these beautiful handwoven craft & textiles to bestow value onto the ordinary lives of our artisans with extraordinary skills. And we believe that's the only way we can build a sustainable and ethical world for ourselves.

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