Master spinners, loomers, and tailors, are in charge of creating IOAN undyed, organic cotton every day garments. The IOAN team of partners in India are in most cases 3rd generation makers in each field, where the knowledge of making fabrics and finished goods is deep rooted in family life. New generations along every level of production are staking their futures upon more impactful, ecologically responsible methods.
Home to the world's finest organic cotton
The Indian subcontinent extends from the Himalayas in the North to the coastal plains of the South. Scientists believe that cotton was first cultivated in the Indus Delta, circa 6,000 B.C. India’s landscapes are highly conducive for cotton-growing, however only less than 1% of cotton grown is pesticide free and non GMO. This stark contrast has sparked all the more reason for the evolution of the Clean Clothes project, dedicated to the production of quality garments in a sustainable way.
Farming cotton requires significant amounts of water. Toxic runoff from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides have catastrophically polluted water systems in India for decades. Organic cotton crops retain water more efficiently due to organic matter in the soil and most importantly filter and cycle precious resources. This is extremely important for certain regions of India, where there is a severe scarcity of water.
Less process, better for all
Why bleach or dye a fiber which is originally beautiful? Why spend resources and release wasteful, toxic discharges to change the characteristics of a natural product? IOAN undyed products are made from top quality local organic cotton, loomed in its original state, cut and sewn into garments, and washed in an enzyme water mixed to stabilize its proportions ( pre-shrunk) and to achieve the desired softness.
From the land to the finished product
Organic cotton farmers reject the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and the use of GMO seeds. They are a deeply entrenched cultural cornerstone in the history of India. This vast community of growers on the Indian Peninsula produce a majority of the global organic cotton supply. Women and men work alongside in a diverse series of settings, from the organic cotton fields in central India, to yarn spinning, fabric looming and clothes making in urban environments... Together creating a network of like minded people where each unit or team brings the elements needed to achieve the most perfect organic cotton garment.
All within a perfect environment, working to bring production back to the original makers.