60" / 152 cm
11.8 oz yd2 / 400 gm m2
Wash in cool water and dry on low temperatures. Note that Campbell River will shrink 4% in length and width the first time you wash it. Do not overdry; iron while still damp.1
1This rate of shrinkage is a bit over what is known as "pre-shrunk". Any fabric that shrinks 3% or under is usually labeled "pre-shrunk" because the fibers and yarns will return to their pre-washed size with use.
This fabric takes its inspiration from Campbell River, a coastal city on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the south end of Discovery Passage, which has long been touted as "the Salmon Capital of the World". Salmon and the waters they travel in have long been intrinsic to the lives of the native peoples who made the area around Campbell River their home. ,Homebound salmon travel through Discovery Passage on their final journey to the spawning grounds. The salmon's life cycle of hatching, feeding in the river, traveling to the ocean and eventually returning to its birth river attracts and sustains a wide variety of wildlife - bears, eagles, whales, otters, ravens and others. It's also spawned a centuries-old culture unique to the Pacific Northwest.
A pure hemp twill with life and body, this is a lovely base cloth. The fabric, with its supple hand and smooth face, is as pristine as its namesake and can be used with confidence wherever you want a classic base cloth that does not harm you or your family. No nasty chemicals to be absorbed through your skin or outgassed into your air. The sturdy construction coupled with the strongest natural fiber, hemp, means that, like the salmon, it too endures, and beautifully.
The fibers were grown by independent Romanian farmers in an area of the country that has, for many generations, depended on the growing of hemp. These small farmers use no pesticides, insecticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers.
The harvest is dew or field retted: the farmers leave the stalks in the fields to allow dew and rain to break down the natural lignin. The Romanian rettery removes the fibers from the stalk that are then spun into yarn without chemicals, preserving the strength of the long fibers; chemical shortcuts can "cottonize" and weaken the fibers. Dew or field retting is a labor-intensive and time-consuming job, so other farmers are turning to chemical retting. By supporting our farmers, we're protecting the earth and helping to keep this traditional method alive.
The fibers are then moved to a local yarn spinning facility, where they are dry spun into yarn, using no water or chemical inputs of any kind. At the mills, artisans take great pride in creating lively fabrics, full of character. Since the mill dates from long before the Communist era, modern techniques, including chemical supports, have not been implemented.
The dyes meet European Union and Global Organic Textile Standards to be free of AZO colorants (a cancer causing toxin that is used in many dyes), heavy metals and aromatic amines - ALL chemicals of concern - and the dyestuffs are completely biodegradable (except for some of the blues which can contain copper).