The fabric of this striking and architectural tee is the result of an experiment combining eco-printing with shibori using oak leaves. I have cut the neckline so you can wear this top with the vee at the front, or as a boatneck with the vee at the back. Versatile enough to be worn as a tee in summer it can also be layered up over a warm base layer and worn through the winter.
One Size - to fit 10-16
Eco-printing is a method of transferring the natural shape, patterns and pigments of leaves onto fabrics using natural mordants and assists. It relies on the alchemy of nature rather than chemical inks. I gather the leaves from my own garden and local area before throughtfully and carefullyplacing them onto fabric to create unique prints. Each piece of fabric I create is as unique as the plants I gather the leaves from - no two pieces are exactly the same.
Upcycled Cotton Blends
In an effort to reduce waste and find alternative sources of fabrics I followed New Zealand's luxury hotel supply chain to a local supplier of their linens. Once these fabrics have even the smallest of marks or imperfections they are removed from circulation and are deemed waste. I then purchase these items from my New Zealand supplier and carefully cut, print and dye them, making them into garments to extend their life-span. These items are all cotton-rich and have a minimum of 50% cotton content.
Each piece I produce is designed, naturally dyed (and/or printed) and made from ethically sourced fabrics, in Wairarapa, NZ. I use fabric off-cuts to make smaller items or for packaging, where possible.
Each piece I make is carefully wrapped and sent in a biodegradable post bag.