Fiber only; processed to GOTS standards
100% organic hemp
54" / 137 cm
9 oz per yd2 / 305 gm m2
Use cool water and air-dry on low; shrinkage is less than 3% in width and 1% length. If washed and dried using hot, shrinkage is approximately 10% in width and 7% in length.
Wenatchee is a city in Central Washington State, located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. It was named for the nearby Wenatchi Indian tribe. The name is a Salish word that means "robe of the rainbow". Archeological digs in the area have uncovered Clovis stone and bone tools dating back more than 11,000 years, indicating that people migrating during the last Ice Age spent time in the Wenatchee area. Today, Wenatchee is known as the Apple Capital of the World" because of its many orchards.
This midweight fabric (9 oz yd2) is hemp, 100% organic, and it is soft and substantial at the same time. Supple and stunning with occasional slubs that give it a handmade appearance, it feels cool against the skin. Wenatchee washes beautifully, travels well, and is colorfast.
Wenatchee offers that wonderful blend of luxury and comfort, with down-to-earth practicality. So what can it be used for? Practically anything.
The organic fibers were spun, woven and dyed in compliance with The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which means that no chemicals of concern were used in any step of the production process which might harm you, so you can use this fabric knowing that it is safe for you and your family. Among the specifically prohibited chemicals and chemical classes are:
The mill in China where this fabric is woven is a mill where the principals are dedicated to green technology. Consequently, not only are their air and water quality standards very high (most are requirements of GOTS), but the mill has a renewable energy plan that they have made application to the Chinese government to help to fund.
Finally the GOTS requirements ensures that workers are treated well, they're paid fair wages, and child and slave labor is not allowed. Working conditions are good (such as having air purification on the premises), there is adequate light and ventilation.
To be clear: When we say that the fabric is produced in compliance with GOTS, we mean that we adhere to the GOTS standard even though we cannot prove it to you because someone in the chain of custody has dropped their GOTS certification, or never gotten it. We know that we advise you to avoid suppliers who claim to be safe but do not have the certificates to prove it (putting us in an awkward position!) so if this makes you uncomfortable, please select a different fabric which has GOTS or Oeko Tex certification. Our goal is to convert all fabrics to third party certifications.