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100% non-mulesed wool
54" / 137 cm
13.5 oz yd2 / 383 gm m2
40,000 Martindale; suitable for heavy duty residential upholstery use1
Vancouver can be washed but it will lose its lustrous sateen finish, becoming much more matte with a bit of a raised nap. If washed using cool temperatures, shrinkage is minimal at less than 2% in width and 3% in length.
1For a discussion of what the abrasion ratings mean, please click here.
Named for Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the largest Pacific island east of New Zealand. Vancouver Island has been the home of many indigenous peoples for thousands of years. The Vancouver Island Range runs most of the length of the island, dividing it into a wet and rugged west coast, with many fjords, bays and inlets, and a drier, more rolling east coast. Vancouver Island is home to the coniferous "big trees" associated with British Columbia's coast, such as western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas fir, where the tallest Douglas fir ever recorded was found. It also has the most concentrated population of cougars in North America.
A gorgeous, fine wool sateen, Vancouver is made without any chemicals which can harm you or the ecosystem (it is Oeko-Tex 100 certified, after all). Although tested to be one of our highest rated upholstery fabrics at 40,000 Martindale1, its lovely drape and luminosity also make it a superb choice for window treatments.
And it is from non-mulesed sheep. Mulesing is a cruel and extremely painful practice, which is the cheapest method to protect sheep from flystrike. We won't go into the details of flystrike or mulesing, which can be very upsetting, but, for the details please click here (http://www.animalsaustralia.org/issues/mulesing.php).
Our good news is that we NEVER use wool from mulesed sheep.
Oeko Tex is one of the oldest third party certifications, launched in 1992. Its aim is to ensure that products pose no risk to human health.
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 tests only the end product. Processing is not addressed, for example, wastewater treatment is not included, nor are workers rights addressed. It is NOT an organic certification and products bearing this mark are not necessarily made from organically grown fibers. Oeko Tex is only concerned with the safety of the final product.
The certification process includes thorough testing for a lengthy list of chemicals, including all of the chemicals of concern, among which are lead, antimony, arsenic, phthalates, pesticides, and chlorinated phenols. The official table of limits for tested chemicals may be found on the Oeko-Tex website:
Specifically banned are:
Textile products bearing the Oeko-Tex 100 certification mark, in addition to being safe use, have a skin friendly pH. Skin's natural pH is a tad acidic, and when it's eroded your defenses are down, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria, moisture loss, and irritation. Oeko-Tex certified fabrics will not create these stresses. And the fabrics will feel lovely against your skin.
The mill where this fabric was woven uses hydro and natural gas fuel power which has low emissions. The mill is an ISO 9001 certified facility.
This hard-working fabric can withstand the rigors of commercial applications while also providing the exceptional benefits of wool: ,