"Plant-based "Wool" is a plant-based alternative to protein sourced wool with a hand feel similar to cashmere hence the name. The textile is made of 70% rain-fed regenerative organic cotton, 5% of Calotropis Pod Fibres, and 25% Calotropis Stem fibers. See images below.
The calotropsis fibres are hollow and has a similar capacity to hold in heat that animal wool does and is therefore a great alternative for those who choose to be animal-free.
Production of 1kg of this yarn saves 9000 L of clean drinking water compared to 100% cotton yarn
Cultivating the calotropis plant can convert dry, unusable terrain into profitable land for farmers
Scientific research confirmed that these fabrics have antimicrobial properties against most common skin disease created by staph bacteria
This fabric is sustainable at every stage of their life cycle – from production and processing to ultimate disposal
The cellulose fibers do not shrink with every wash and are felt to be generally easier to maintain than protein-based wool fabrics.
Calotropis grows wildly at deserted lands with no water, no care, no pesticides. Production of our textile is mostly done by hand - it empowers women and helps the rural economy in dry parts of the country where jobs are unsecured.
Manufactured in India through a waste-free process. Once fibers are extracted, the concentrated and fermented leftovers from the plant are mixed with different Ayurvedic herbs and made into ARKA- a very efficient bio - nutrient and insect repellent (not available outside of India at present.)
Designers can also become Zero Textile Waste and work with the Circular Centre to arrange unwearable clothing take-back system to go through our Circular Textile Waste Service available in Australia.