The Fabric

THE PROCESS

It is a key element to Caitley's work to maintain the hand drawn, hand made quality of the art and product itself. Screen printed imagery gives a clean, bold quality to the design print, while leaving room for unique imperfections that add to the pieces beauty and character. No two prints are a like leaving each product uniquely one of a kind. Stay tuned for new photos and video of how the screen printing process works for yardage! Coming soon!


ECO-FRIENDLY + SUSTAINABLE

Eco-friendly + sustainable practices are important to us; from manufacturing, to the print process to business and studio practices. Here are a few key points we would like to share with you about manufacturing linen.

There is no waste while manufacturing linen since all parts of the flax plant are utilized. Few to zero  chemicals are used on the flax plant during cultivation and it does not require irrigation during its growing season. Linen's unbleached 'flax' colour is naturally created by the interaction of sun, rain and earth during the retting process so no dyes or bleaches are added. (Retting: exposure to moisture to break down the fiber from the woody tissue of the flax plant). Additionally, linen fabric is 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

The manufacturer of Caitley Symons Textile + Designs fabric ground (base textile to print on) is powered by wind energy. They also implement updated techniques and production methods that reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials. The process of spinning and weaving flax has virtually no impact on the environment. And lastly, high ecological standards are required for the finishing process of their linen products.

COLOUR + DESIGNS 

Caitley Symons Textile + Design fabrics are designed with intention and sustainability in mind. All designs, print colours and fabric ground are chosen for long term use, not short term trends. We would like you to enjoy these textiles for years to come! All dyes used for printing are water based + eco-friendly.

WHY LINEN? WHY NOT!

No other fiber offers a blend of luxury, comfort, supreme elegance and down-to-earth practicality that linen does. Here are a few qualities that truly make linen a unique textile.
*Linen has a natural range of beautiful colours in varying shades of ivory, ecru, tan and grey which allows for colour choices without dyes or bleaching.
*It is non-allergenic.
*Has a natural pH balance making it appropriate for those with sensitive skin.
*Relatively easy to take care of.
*It has a smooth texture making finished products lint-free.
*It is known to be one of the worlds strongest natural fiber.
*Has a natural ability to prevent microbes and bacterial growth.
*Natural insulator: Keeps cool in warm climates, traps warmth in colder temperatures.
*It is naturally an anti-static fabric.
*Doesn't stretch.
*Resistant to abrasion and pilling.
*Resistant to moths and carpet beetles.
*Naturally dirt and stain resistant.
*Has only moderate initial shrinkage.
*The more it is handled, the softer it gets.
*Elegant in its own right.
*It has more texture than cotton yet, it remains silky with a high luster.
*The wrinkles are considered part of linens 'charm'.
*Great wicking ability making it perfect for hot climates.
*Slubs: A characteristic of the linen yarn where small random knots occur along its length creating a variation in the fabrics texture and a beauty of its own.
*More tear resistant than cotton and actually gets stronger when it is wet.

Love what you are hearing about linen? Head over to The Seven Wonders Of Linen blog post to find out more about this amazing textile!