Orcas is a chenille. Made of linen from Belgium and cotton from Peru (like Egypt, one of the finest cottons in the world, and a spot with sufficient rainfall to support cotton production), the napped quality of Orcas gives the fabric a softness that belies its strength. So, for snuggling into at story time, it's a winner. And you can be comforted by the fact that there is nothing used in processing this fabric that is known to harm humans, of any size. The terrain along the shore of Orcas Island is rocky and rugged, as is this fabric. Rated 40,000 Martindale*, it qualifies to be used in "high traffic" contract applications, or your family room, where it can withstand whatever comes its way.
Use it for upholstery, drapery, jackets, bedspreads.
Our Oeko-Tex 100 certified fabrics are produced with strict water treatment and with worker safety safeguards in place, even though Oeko-Tex 100 does not require those steps. All of our fabrics comply with the GOTS requirements.
|Two Sisters GOTS Fabric||Oeko-Tex Standard||Two Sisters Oeko-Tex minimums|
|Uses organic fibers only||YES||NO||NO|
|Free of any known chemicals that can harm you or the ecosystem||YES||YES||YES|
|Water used in processing is treated before release||YES||NO||YES|
|Workers are paid fair wages; working conditions are safe and hygienic||YES||NO||YES|
What are GOTS and Oeko-Tex, and why should I care?
The Fabric Name
Orcas is the name of the northernmost island in Washington State's San Juan Islands. It has been called the "emerald island" because of its abundant vegetation and moderate climate. The San Juan's host between 40 and 50 breeding pairs of bald eagles, one of the largest eagle nesting populations in the continental United States. The waters off Orcas are host to Orca and Minke whales, as well as Pacific Harbor seals, Dall's porpoises, more than 200 species of fish and hundreds of marine invertebrates.
Upholstery, drapery, jackets, dresses, bedspreads
- abrasion test results: 40,000 Martindale*
- care: Orcas loses a bit of its luster after a wash. Shrinkage in cool settings in just 3%; in hot, a little more than 10% the first time you wash it.
62% cotton, 38% linen
- directionality: Railroaded**
15 oz yd2 / 509 gm m2
54" / 137 cm
* A discussion of what the abrasion ratings mean.