Buffalo Check and Sawtooth Stripe are a pair. An all-cotton (organic cotton) midweight (9 ounces per square yard) checkered fabric, Buffalo Check is the check to Sawtooth Stripe's stripe. Easy to sew into dresses, pants, shirts, napkins, tablecloths, curtains, bedsheets. And it is durable enough to use as upholstery – not heavy kids and pets all day long upholstery but a strong “occasional“ use rating so you can use it frequently.Pair it with Sawtooth Stripe for fun complementing – or clashing - colors of checks and stripes.
GOTS requires that not only are the fibers spun in to the yarns be third party certified organic, but that every step of the production process adhere to a strict set of requirements, including; no chemicals can be used which have been proven to harm humans or the environment at any stage of the textile production process; water must be treated to a very high standard before release back into the local river, lake, whatever; and certain worker safety and worker rights issues are honored, like no child or slave labor and a certain minimal level of safe working conditions (Still a prominent problem in textile production.) Although it does not explicitly address carbon footprint, a GOTS certified FABRIC is the best choice by far, carbon wise right now. Exponentially better than recycled polyester, for instance, or of conventional cotton fabric. Even a GOTS certified fabric shipped from Asia to America is lots better, carbon footprint-wise, than a conventionally produced fabric of any fiber type. (See our FAQ about carbon footprint if you're interested.) GOTS does allow up to 5% non-organic fibers in fabric, such as the use of lycra giving stretch to fabrics; and there are lower levels of GOTS allowing down to just 70% organic fibers. The fabrics must be labeled 70% or whatever. Our GOTS fabrics are all 100% organic fibers.
The Fabric Name
The fat checks of a buffalo check pattern have become iconic in American culture, as the pattern was quickly adopted widely by lumberjacks, firefighters, cowboys and outdoor lovers when it was first created in the mid 19th century, possibly in Pennsylvania by somebody with the Woolrich Company.
Easy to sew into dresses, pants, shirts, napkins, tablecloths, curtains, bedsheets. And it is durable enough to use as upholstery.
- abrasion test results: 12,000 Martindale (occasional use, not heavy use)
- care: Washable in any temperature, and pre-shrunk. Use cool temperatures to conserve color for years – and to save energy.
- certification: GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard
- content: 100% organic cotton
- directionality: Non-directional
- repeat: 64mm
- weight: 9.2 oz yd2 / 312 gm m2
- width: 54" / 137 cm