A Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Our Geode Bamboo Hemp Knit Blanket
Each blanket we make is unique in that it is one-of-a kind. We use Shibori resist techniques to create textiles inspired by the natural world. What is Shibori and why do we use bamboo hemp knit for our blankets? Shibori is an ancient term for various Japanese resist techniques. There are an infinite number of ways of you can resist fabric with binding, stitching, folding, twisting or tying-off the fabric. That's why we love it so much!
We use bamboo fabrics for the majority of our products because of the responsible way it is made and ease of absorbability. The raw material bamboo is certified organic, bamboo yarn is certified Oeko-Tex Standard 100 which is safe even for baby products. Bamboo supplies 30% more oxygen than trees, requires NO pesticides to grow, anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial, breathable insulation, machine washable, soft and silky. Not to mention it is one of the most comforting and healing fabrics available!
When you shop, so often you see the finished product, but little is revealed about how that product is made; so below is a step-by-step guide showing how we make one of our special blankets!
Step 1: We cut the Bamboo Hemp Knit into the appropriate sizes we need.
Step 2: We mix Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes that are non-toxic for highly saturated pigments. Some colors we leave high in chroma, others we dilute. We mix every dye beforehand to fit our designs.
Step 3: Then, we tie off the fabric. For this blanket deign, we wanted to have large circles in the middle of the fabric, so we folded the fabric in half length-wise and spaced out the circles evenly.
Step 4: Then we begin the dyeing! Each blanket requires creative problem solving in the dying process; which dye should be used first and what is the best way to saturate the fabric...here we begin by pouring the dye directly onto the fabric.
Step 5: Then we start really dyeing. Some blankets require more hands, this would be one of them. Each section of the blanket has to be soaked in dye and then rung out and the process is repeated until evenly covered.
Step 6: Once we have covered the bulk of the blanket, we complete the smaller, more difficult areas. We saved the points until the end so we could maintain our design. It's all about strategy!
Step 7: After we have finished dying, we cover the blanket with plastic (all recycled) to let it cure over night. This lets the dye adhere to the fibers properly and the dye and fabric become one! Once the fabric cures, we wash it out several times until there is no more excess dye. Then we dry it and it is ready to be enjoyed!
And finally! After many steps, here is the completed Geode Bamboo Hemp Knit Blanket. All blankets require diverse processes to make, but all are made with loving juju.