We don’t add any treatments to improve anti-static, flame retardance, wash-and-wear or anti-bacterial properties; there is no need as silk is naturally endowed with these properties. The silk fibre is highly absorptive, so our fabrics are easily coloured using low-impact fibre reactive dyes. Silk requires minimal washing, saving water and reducing the amount of detergents entering our waterways. It is a hard-wearing fabric and if treated with care all SilkLiving products should give years of service; however, at the end of its life silk is biodegradable, decomposing easily in landfills.
The wool used in our Silkspun fabric is fine merino sourced from North China where they do not practice mulesing of sheep. The cotton used is also sourced from China.
The factories that transform the cocoons into beautiful, affordable products are required to meet international standards for social compliance in the supply chain of commerce. Social and ethical standards are maintained in all SilkLiving factories, and employees are paid reasonable wages. SilkLiving management personally visit the factories regularly to ensure our standards are being met. Once our garments are ready, they are sent to New Zealand via boat to save on Carbon emissions.