Scarlett Poppies’ preferred choice of fabrics will always be any fibers deriving from nature and taking us back to the roots. In this section, we quickly touch base on some of the most common fibers in our collections and what are their characteristics along with other practical information.
Cotton is one of the most used fibers in Scarlett Poppies collections and we always aim to use GOTS certified organic cotton whenever possible.
Cotton is the most natural and breathable fiber of all, making it exceptionally suitable for any summer wardrobes. Normally washable at 40 degrees unless it has value additions like embroideries etc.
We have taken a strategic decision not to use cotton from Uzbekistan and China, to eliminate the risks of cotton being picked by forced labor.
Breezy pure linen derives from the plant Flax, a persistent and pest-resistant plant with low environmental impact.
Linen is a strong, durable fiber. It is extremely breathable and absorbs moisture well without feeling damp or sticky. Linen also has a cooling effect in hot weather, unlike many other man-made fibers.
At Scarlett Poppies, we use primarily natural linen, grown and processed in India. Linen should be washed at 40 degrees to keep its pristine look.
Be careful with using softener as it removes the crispness that makes linen so nice and fresh.
Scarlett Poppies always aims to use peace silk from India; the silk is made without harming the silkworms. They leave the cocoon after turning into butterflies, and only when they have left the cocoon and no longer need it, the threads are unwound from the cocoon and made into silk fabric. The production of peace silk is a cruelty-free method that allows us to enjoy the beauty and the many properties of silk fabric, without harming the producing creature.
Silk has a natural subtle luster which makes it look premium far beyond the comfort and luxurious feel. Silk garments should either be gently washed by hand using special silk detergent or handed to a cleaning specialist.
Silk is without doubt one of the materials that have the longest life span, if taken care of with TLC.
There are many environmentally friendly laundry companies today and is worth doing proper research on who has integrity and values nature.
The Cellulosic Family
There are many names for fabrics that derive from the cellulosic pulp, which is made from trees. The most common names are viscose and rayon and what they all have in common is that is a soft fiber bringing comfort as well as a nice color depth thanks to its luster.
We often blend viscose with cotton to make the fabrics more durable but also to give an improved crisp if that is what we would like to achieve in one specific design.
Whenever possible we use FSC certified viscose, Forest Steward Council certified viscose. For every tree being cut, a new is planted and therefore ensuring renewed forests for future generations.
The cellulosic fibers stretch while damp. Thus extra attention to how you dry a viscose or rayon garment is essential to ensure the right dimensions are maintained. Flat dry on top of a towel to avoid line marks is always preferred.
We believe in using what is available; sometimes abandoned by others, sometimes leftover from larger production runs, and often sold off as scrap at the local markets in the production country.
We pay the market price to encourage the factories to not just trash it.
We find a diversified purpose and have created some of our best-selling designs from stock lots, knowing that our design choice is also reducing the production of raw materials and with that also the environmental impact.