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GOTS, The Global Organic Textile Standard
100% organic cotton
54" / 137 cm
15.2 oz yd2 / 515 gm m2
22,000 Martindale; suitable for heavy duty residential upholstery1
Methow is washable and smoothes out with ironing, or use a professional green cleaner. If you use it as upholstery or drapery, please vacuum Methow regularly.
Methow is named after the Methow River, a tributary of the Columbia, in Washington State. It was named after the Methow Native Americans, today part of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation. The name "Methow" is from a Native American place name that means "sunflower seeds." The Methow River's watershed is characterized by relatively pristine habitats, as much of the river basin is located in national forests and wildernesses. Seattleites (and others) flock to the area for skiing - especially cross-country skiing as it is home to the nation's largest cross-country ski area - hiking and biking.
Methow, a luminous cotton velvet, is produced in Holland by a mill which has been weaving fine velvets since 1773. In 1951, the mill was awarded the title "Royal" by H.M. Queen of the Netherlands, in recognition of the mill's high quality products.
Methow is designed as an upholstery fabric, so is terrific in demanding conditions, or as drapery. And it's a GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard) certified fabric, so you won't have a care in the world about its character.
GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard) is your assurance of many important things that can make you feel great about your fabric choice, including:
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:
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; among many other requirements and prohibitions.
1For a discussion of what the abrasion ratings mean, please click here.
2Cooper, 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 ag is #1 and textiles is #2 - or #3 according to some sources. Here again, at a rank of #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.