Asotin is a blend of organic linen and organic cotton, woven to resemble the finest linen lawn, with a smooth, crisp hand. It is 6.0 oz. per square yard, so it has a bit more substance than does traditional lawn. Use it for curtains, bedding, clothing - anyplace you would want a lightweight, tightly woven, washable fabric! It has a slightly slubbed appearance which gives it depth and interest. It comes in 10 playful colors, perfect for kids and babies and easily washable.
The third party certified organic fibers were spun, woven and dyed in compliance with The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which means that no chemicals of concern were used in any step of the production process which might harm you, so you can use this fabric knowing that it is safe for you and your family.
The mill in China where this fabric is woven is a mill where the principals are dedicated to green technology. Consequently, not only are their air and water quality standards very high (most are requirements of GOTS), but the mill has a renewable energy plan that they have made application to the Chinese government to help to fund. Since the mill treats the wastewater (A GOTS requirement), you won't be contributing to any other family's health concerns. The mill has on-site water treatment - it monitors sediment quantities, temperature and water pH. The effluent meets drinking water standards when released.
Finally, the GOTS requirements ensure that workers are treated decently, they're paid fair wages, and child and slave labor is not allowed. Working conditions are good (such as having air purification on the premises); there is adequate light and ventilation.
To be clear: When we say that the fabric is produced in compliance with GOTS, we mean that we adhere to the GOTS standard even though we cannot prove it to you because someone in the chain of custody has dropped their GOTS certification, or never gotten it. We know that we advise you to avoid suppliers who claim to be safe but do not have the certificates to prove it (putting us in an awkward position!) So, if this makes you uncomfortable, please select a different fabric which has GOTS or Oeko-Tex certification. The majority of our fabrics do.*** Our goal is to convert all fabrics to third party certifications.
Regarding chemicals of concern, among the long list of specifically prohibited or limited chemicals and chemical classes are (This list is some of the prohibited – which are used FREQUENTLY in fabric production):
- Formaldehyde and other short chain aldehydes
- Chlorine Bleach
- Chlorophenols (TCP, PCP)
- Fungicides and biocides
- Halogenated solvents
- Heavy metals. i.e., lead, copper et al.
The Fabric Name
Asotin, Washington is the last city along the Snake River route to Hells Canyon, which is the deepest gorge on the American continent. Bighorn sheep, elk, deer, black bear and mountain goats may be seen along the banks of the river. The area is a wildlife paradise. Asotin is from the Nez Perce language and means “place of eel" from the abundance of eels caught there.
Curtains, bedding, clothing - anyplace you would want a lightweight, tightly woven, washable fabric! It has a slightly slubbed appearance which gives it depth and interest. It comes in 10 playful colors, perfect for kids and babies - and easily washable.
- care: Washable in all temperatures, but we always suggest using cool temperatures to prolong the life of your fabric and the vibrancy of colors, and to save energy. All of our fabrics are dry cleanable – although please use a green cleaner if you have one in your area.**
- certification: Organic fibers are third party certified organic; fabric processed to GOTS (But no certification for the fabric, just the fibers)
- content: 55% organic linen, 45% organic cotton
- weight: 6.0 oz yd2 / 203 gm m2
- width: 56" / 142 cm
*All of our fabrics can be washed with the considerations we state. Please note, though, that we do not warrant fabric shrinkage or performance when washed because equipment, processes, etc., vary dramatically. What we mean by this is that we have wash tested the fabrics many times, and are confident in these descriptions; but, you could get a different result, and, if you do, we won’t replace the fabric. Test your water for mineral content. Use minimal amounts of gentle cleaning /softening products.