Here at Elka Collective, we carefully select all of our fibres and fabrics for specifically for each piece. We always make a conscious effort to use natural fibres as much as possible, as they are typically nicer to wear, and better for our environment. We are always seeking out environmentally friendly fabrics, and we endeavour to start using recycled fabrics in the near future.
Aside from being naturally breathable and durable, Linen is also an eco-friendly and fully bio degradable fabric. Linen is a cellulose fibre, made from Flax plants. Flax plants require very little water, fertilizers or pesticides in comparison with other cellulose fibre plants.
All of our Linen jersey pieces are made from 100% premium French Linen.
Where possible, our leather products are made from premium free-range New Zealand Leather. Look for the New Zealand Leather disclaimer on our leather pieces. Leather is an incredibly durable textile and if cared for correctly, can last a lifetime.
Softer and lighter than Wool, Alpaca is naturally insulating and comes in over 20 natural colours (often saving the need for the fleece to be dyed). Alpaca’s also leave a very light environmental footprint compared to other their other woollen counterparts. Alpaca fleece is completely renewable and bio degradable.
Typically produced by Bombyx Mori worms, who feed exclusively on Mulberry leaves (which use minimal pesticides and fertilizers to grow). Silk is a lustrous and durable fibre that has been used for centuries. As Silk is naturally occurring it is biodegradable and has a very low environmental impact.
A man-made fabric from cellulose fibres, typically Eucalyptus, Burch or Oak trees (which require minimal pesticides and fertilizers). The pulp from the trees are dissolved down in a closed loop production, meaning that the chemical solution is not released back into the environment, it is recycled and reused in the fabric manufacturing. The turnaround from tree to fibre is extremely fast, meaning less water and energy is used per yield. The end result being a smooth, versatile and naturally wrinkle resistant biodegradable fabric.
Wool is a naturally occurring, biodegradable and very versatile fibre. Wool is particularly hardy, giving garments a long lifespan. Wool fleece is naturally fire, wrinkle, stain and UV resistant. The thermal insulation properties of wool mean that it is insulating in cooler climates and breathable in hotter temperatures.
Made from extra-long cotton fibres, Pima Cotton is a luxuriously soft natural fabric. These extra-long fibres mean less fibre ends are exposed during fabric weaving process, this produces a smoother, silkier fabric. The end result is a natural fabric that is incredibly strong, while being wrinkle, fade and pill resistant.
In order for many natural fibres to achieve the desired end fabric, we use a wide variety of Cupro, Polyester, Viscose, Cotton and Nylon blends. When blending fibres, the properties from said fibres are then merged, meaning we can create the perfect blend depending on the need of the finished fabric. whether this be lustre, durability, ease of washing, colour absorbency or wrinkle resistance.
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