Ilahae is a sheer fabric, light as a breeze and soft as a breath yet imbued with linen's natural strength. Use it alone or layer it with other fabrics to create a dreamy softness in window treatments, bedding, appointments, scarves, or gorgeous clothes.
Ilahe is an organic fabric – that is, it is a GOTS certified fabric.
- This means that, of the well over 2,000 commonly used chemicals in textile manufacturing, we use NONE of those which are known (or suspected) to harm humans or the environment.
- This means that there are no residues in our fabrics that your family can breathe in or absorb through their skin (Another means of transmission is tiny particles being abraded and ingested or breathed in!).
- We are not saying that the growth of human illnesses, such as the doubling in male birth defects over the past 20 years or the 400% increase in ADHD, for example, is a result of the fabric in your homes. But that fabric is processed with chemicals that are proven to cause reproductive problems; neurological problems; and chronic disease. We're giving people the option to live without those chemical inputs.
Ilahae is an unincorporated community located on the Rogue River in Oregon. The area was home to Takelma Indians, then to European and Karok settlers, before becoming part of the Wild Rogue Wilderness area. In the 21st century, it's a stopping place for hikers, boaters and other visitors. The 36 mile stretch of the Rogue River between Grave Creek and Ilahae is designated "wild and scenic" and is one of the best-known whitewater runs in the United States.
Ilahae is washable in any temperatures and is pre-shrunk. We always suggest using cool temperatures to prolong the life of your fabric and the vibrancy of colors, and to save energy.
- certification: GOTS, the Global Organic Textile Standard
- content: 100% organic linen
- weight: 4.6 oz yd2 / 156 gm m2
- width: 54" / 137 cm
SAFETY: No known or suspected toxic chemicals have been used in the manufacture of the fabric, so you won't find them residual in the fabric you are using. Among the prohibited chemicals:
- All Flame Retardants: Brominated or Chlorinated
- All Endocrine Disruptors
- Formaldehyde and other short chain aldehydes
- Halogenated solvents
- Fluorocarbons (PFC's)
- Heavy metals (i.e., lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic)
- Chlorophenols (TCP, PCP)
- Aromatic solvents (benzene, toluene)
In fact, all the chemicals that are the subject of Greenpeace's very important DETOX Campaign are completely prohibited. For a complete list of the toxic chemicals prohibited and restricted by GOTS, click on the link below. The Link will open to the title page of the current, 4.0, GOTS standard. You want page 8, section 2.3.1: Prohibited and Restricted Inputs: http://www.global-standard.org/images/GOTS_Version4-01March2014.pdf
WATER TREATMENT: GOTS requires thorough water treatment at each step of the manufacturing process. This is especially important with fabric because the production of fabric uses copious amounts of water, indeed, the textile industry is the #1 industrial polluter of water in the world. And this chemically filled effluent enters our groundwater, circulating around the world. Since, as Gene Lisa says, there is not a no peeing" part of the swimming pool: the toxic chemicals being dumped into the Irawaddy or the Yellow River in China affect us all.
CARBON FOOTPRINT: A GOTS certified fabric is the best choice if you're concerned about carbon footprint issues - even though the GOTS standard does not directly address carbon footprint. Please click here for a discussion of that topic.
WORKER SAFETY AND WORKER RIGHTS: GOTS also assures workers of safe and hygienic working conditions in the mills, and fair wages. Child and slave labor are prohibited.
1 Cooper, Peter, Clearer Communication", Ecotextile News, May 2007.,Please note that some sources say it is #2.,,Whether #2 or #1, the textile industry uses gargantuan quantities of water. Everyone agrees that agriculture is #1. If you want to count agriculture as an industry then agriculture is #1 and textiles is #2 - or #3 according to some sources. ,Here again, #1, #2, #3 - or #4 - the textile industry uses and pollutes gargantuan quantities of water.,,Please,,click here to learn more about water use in the textile industry.