Organic cotton fabrics, dyed or raw? (part 1)

Well it had been 10 days since my latest post on this blog. I visited the Istanbul Yarn Fair in Turkey met new spinners that had just started organic cotton yarn production.
Anyway, today I will try to explain the difference between dyed organic cotton fabric and raw organic cotton fabric.
In the first years of organic cotton fabric production, everybody was only thinking about the raw cotton and the ecru colour. All the organic garments were ecru and simple designs. However, it is now possible to make any colour within organic standards. The only exception is the optical/snowy white colour. You can not achive that much white colour without using heavy chemicals which are causing cancer and obviously non-organic!
So here is a tip for you:
If you are willing to buy an organic apparel and the salesman offers you an optical white colour, you can be sure that he/she is lying!

This subject is very critical and I will continue on this at my next post shortly.

Posted on May 2008 by admin

Filed under Organic Cotton Yarn & Fabric |

4 Comments so far

  1. Tina @ May 29th, 2008

    Erik, thank you so much for blogging about this subject. I’m really beginning to research and become passionate about the organic cotton industry. I want to buy organic cotton fabric locally, in the states, but am having a hard time finding people who sell it by the yard or yards. Any thoughts or suggestions on this subject? Do we need more farming to happen locally before we can find truly organic fabric in abundance? thanks for your thoughts! I’ll be reading.

  2. GOTHAM MAMIK @ June 10th, 2008


    firstly, I want to commend you on a very informative blog.
    Are you currently aware of a directory listing that compiles data for organic cotton/material suppliers around the world?
    Also, may i ask what your role is in this industry and your personal reasons for keeping this blog?
    Your notes on mostly illegitimate cotton in India was extreely insightful
    Is it true that no GOTS based inspections are carried out now in India?

  3. Organic Fred @ June 14th, 2008

    We are with Tina and also interested in 100% organic cotton apparel which is grown/manufactured/dyed, etc in the USA. We are willing and so are our customers to persue a transitional fabric if the farmers are dedicated to going completely organic in three years. Thanks for spreading the word, we look forward to hearing from you ~ Team Fred

  4. Dharma @ August 6th, 2008

    Thanks for your efforts in letting us know so much…
    Keep em’ coming…
    Regards from this longitude…

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