Our fabric is made from the stem of a lotus flower. The flower that perseveres through the mud to emerge beautiful and whole, with the ability to heal others. This flower believes in new beginnings.
For centuries eastern philosophers have sworn by the Lotus’s remedial healing abilities, which they believe can aid the treatment of anxiety, headaches, heart ailments, asthma and lung issues. The unique medicinal, nutritional and cosmetic properties of the lotus are a big bonus for our calming eye pillows.
Artisans in Cambodia, India & Myanmar have been weaving fabric from the microfibres within a lotus stem for centuries. The production process requires no water, gas, oil or electricity to produce, making it the most ecological fabric in the world. Even the stems are lifted from underwater on a raft and oar.
Our valued supplier in Cambodia manufactures from beginning to end – from yarn to finished product – with no intermediaries or outside providers. This is how we ensure the quality of all our products.
We gather the wild lotus flower stems fresh from the lakes with only 48 hours to extract the microfibres. The microfibres inside the stem are carefully extracted by hand by our extraordinarily talented artisans. This provides the softest, most breathable, natural microfibre on the planet.
We transform the Lotus fibres into a high quality thread. This is a very complex process and must be realised again exclusively by hand.
Weaving from the preparation of the loom to the finished lotus fabric, this is an ancient tradition taught down by generations. It's a lengthy process but holding the magnificent finished product makes it worth it.
4. Genuine care for mother earth
The lotus fabric is produced needing no water, no electricity or gas, preserving the world's precious resources. It's 100% pure and biodegradable with no chemicals required. We also use Dystar dye which is certified Ecotex and contains no heavy metals.
The remaining lotus waste is used to make our much-loved paper packaging. The left over lotus stem thread is used to tie up our packaging ready for shipping. Our handmade paper has taught us to embrace and celebrate imperfections, as beauty is often found in the flaws. Every batch we create has a different shade which gives it an even more unique character.
We have a strong partnership with a textile social enterprise in Cambodia that share our same core values. We see them as part of our own team and are so grateful for their incredible contribution to the growth of our company.
Our seamtresses work flexible part-time hours so they can work from home in their provinces with their families. There’s no long travel times, forced labour or unrealistic turnarounds.
All of our overseas workers are paid a good wage, paid leave, health insurance and a safe working environment. This was proven to us directly upon the first visit to the mill when there were no seamstesses available on hand that day to quickly make up our samples. When they said no to us because they were all home with their children, we knew we'd found our supplier.
These values extend to our Melbourne head office where we're kid-friendly and animal-friendly. We know it's possible to do what we love and still be family-first. We have a dream to spread this philosophy world-wide and make this the new standard.
We’re re-designing a world where we can have it all because we deserve to have it all.
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A new lens
We’re changing the way we look at what we buy. Buying fewer items and investing in quality pieces made from natural fibres, without exploiting humans, animals or our precious resources. We’re now doing a full circle and learning to truly appreciate how we dress our bodies.
Our goals are to give back to the people and communities that made our dream possible. We pledge 15% of our profits back to help those in need here in Australia and overseas.
Each quarter our staff volunteer at Fareshare kitchen here in Melbourne where we produce over 1500 meals as a collective team in one shift. We also provide pro-bono projects to start-up not-for-profits to assist with their branding and digital marketing. In 2019, we raised over $100,000 for Fareshare kitchen with the launch of giveandglow.com.au, a fundraising platform where our director Leanne Savage is a founding team member.