A stunning and sophisticated striped ikat textile in black, grey and indigo with subtle white flecks and embellishment. The cotton is handspun and handwoven by a small weaving village in Thailand.
The name "Chintana" is a Thai name which originates from the phrase "Good thoughts", which we hope aptly describes the experience when you first set eyes upon it. Made using a technique centuries old, the design is modern and sophisticated. To us, it's reminiscent of the rich, Japanese minimalist style (although made in Thailand, of course).
The yarn is dyed by hand and then skillfully placed and woven into the finished design using a wooden loom. The process is entirely electricity-free. When you purchase this fabric, you directly support the weaver who created it. The material is light to medium weight and has a matt, dry texture and firm hold. It's completely opaque. It's a dream to sew and is, therefore, suitable for novice sewers. The chemical dyes used to colour the material are ironable, and the textile is pre-washed (although we always recommend washing your fabrics with like colours before you sew). You'll also notice it softens in the wash and that the creases iron out quickly.
Fibre: Cotton (Non-Organic)
Country of Origin: Thailand
Shrinkage Allowance: 3-5%
Eco Credentials: Azo-Free, Co-Op, Fair Wage, Low Energy, VOC-Free
Ethical and Sustainability Considerations: The cotton fabric is handwoven on wooden looms by artisans from Chiangmai. The cotton fibre used for this fabric is spun and woven within a small artisan community. The fibres are 100% natural and biodegradable. As this fabric is handmade, the process uses virtually no energy or carbon footprint.
Each metre of fabric takes approximately four hours to weave, and an entire bolt takes over a month. Despite the traditional handwork methods used to create the textile, the design is timeless and seamlessly fits today's contemporary style.
Suitable For: Bags, Blinds, Curtains & Pelmets, Hand Sewing, Scarves and Neckwear, Machine Sewing, Napkins, Shirts, Soft Furnishings, Spring and Autumnal Skirts / Dresses, Table Runner, Tea Cosy and Door Stops, Toys, Trousers/Shorts
To care for your product:
Suitable for washing machines below 30°C and tumble dryers. To protect fabrics for longer, hand wash in cool water. Suitable for irons med-hot temperature.
Turn the machine down to 30 degrees for a more environmentally friendly wash. In Europe alone, if every household turned its washing temperature down to 30°C, we could save 12 million tons of CO2 annually.
We also recommend line drying as this reduces energy usage and preserves your fabrics (as they don't get bashed around in your tumble dryer). Use a mild detergent, light botanical refresher, or steam the item you've made in your bathroom after a hot shower
Natural handwoven fabrics tend to shrink 3-5%, so please wash this textile before you create any products that will require washing at a later date.]
Due to the nature of handwoven and hand-printed fabrics, there can be irregularities in the weave and print, along with variations in batch dye colour. We have quality controlled this fabric. However, there could be minor irregularities that we love and see as normal and charming.