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

Today, organic cotton fabrics production will be the topic for me. Well, it had been 10 days since my latest post on this blog. I visited the Istanbul Yarn Fair in Turkey. I met new spinners that had just started organic cotton yarn and organic cotton fabrics productions. Anyway, today I will try to explain the difference between dyed organic cotton fabric and raw organic cotton fabrics.

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What is raw & dyed organic cotton fabrics?

Let’s start. First of all, 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 color. All the organic garments were ecru and simple designs. However, it is now possible to make any color within organic standards. As of now, The only exception is the optical/snowy white color. You can not achieve that much white color 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 color, you can be sure that he/she is lying!

Offcource, when we say you can have any colors, this does not mean with any dyestuff. You will need to use the dyes which have a low impact on the environment. These dyes should also be heavy metal free. Thanks to Organic certification companies, we have a list of allowed dyestuff. As long as you or your manufacturers are using these dyestuffs and the dying process is also done in a certified factory, you are good to go. More or less, the same thing goes with the fabric prints too.

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

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