Environmental Practices

Organic cotton grown in India

Organic Cotton Grown in India

 

Mehera Shaw adheres to environmentally positive production practices; we use only natural fibers, cotton, wool, and silk.   All of our dyes are AZO free; many of them are completely vegetable based (with no heavy-metal mordants). We also use GOTS certified organic cotton whenever possible. To date, when organic cotton is not available, we use cloth that has not been processed after looming, thus by-passing the addition of chemical additives that are normally present in commercially loomed cotton. Many of our garments are made of “khadi”, which is to say cotton, wool, or silk that has been spun and loomed by hand without the use of electricity. The khadi industry was founded by Mahatma Gandhi with the emphasis on giving Indian villagers a path to self-sufficiency. Mehera Shaw is, and will continue to be, an enthusiastic and appreciative, supporter of the khadi movement.

 

 

Our Practices

 
  • we use GOTS certified cotton whenever possible (approximately 95% of our work with cotton is with certified organic cotton)
  • we use block printed textiles which promotes decentralized production and minimizes our carbon footprint
  • we use handloom textiles (khadi)  in support of decentralized production, India's artisans and minimizing our carbon footprint
  • we use AZO free, low impact dyestuff for solid dyeing and printing
  • we maintain energy efficient manufacturing whenever possible
  • we promote upcycling through our women's development project using post-production scrap fabric
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    To learn more about what steps we are taking to minimize our environmental footprint and what sustainability means to us click here.

     

    Khadi washing 

     

     

    Fit/Sizing/Care
    FIT

    Our styles are meant to give room to breath and move.  We use fine tailoring coupled with a relaxed, comfortable fit.

    We use a fit guide for each of our styles to provide more information about the fit that was intended.

    Slim Fit: a close fit to the body. Regular Fit: a comfortable, relaxed fit with room around the body. Generous Fit: a very loose fit (such as in our oversized blouses) with lots of room around the body for ease of movement.

     

    SIZING

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    XS/ 36

    S/ 38

    M/40

    L/ 42

    XL/44

     

     

    chest

    35.5 inches/ 90 cm

    37.5 inches/95 cm

    39.5 inches/ 100 cm

    41.5 inches/ 105 cm

    44.5 inches. 113 cm

    4cm extra from body

    waist

    26 inches/ 66 cm

    28 inches/ 71 cm

    30 inches/ 76 cm

    32 inches/ 81 cm

    35 inches/ 89 cm

    fitted

     

    low waist

    28 inches/71 cm

    30 inches/76 cm

    32 inches/ 81 cm

    34 inches/ 86 cm

    37 inches/ 94 cm

    fitted

     

    hip

    37 inches/ 94 cm

    39 inches/ 99 cm

    41 inches/ 104 cm

    43 inches/ 109 cm

    46 inches/ 1

    4cm extra from body

     

     

    WASHCARE

    All garments have been washed several times during the printing/dyeing and manufacturing process.  

    CARE for 100% cotton

    We recommend cold water machine wash (up to 30 degrees celsius) with a bio detergent and either tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade for all of our 100% cotton garments/homewares (except for quilts).  

    Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.  

    Do not use bleach or stain remover.

    Cold water wash and low heat drying or line drying in the shade will increase the life of the garment, prolong the vibrancy of the colors and reduce energy use. Shrinkage on all cottons is minimal, approximately 3%.

    Garments/homewares are dyed or printed using AZO free, low-impact, pigment or reactive dyes unless otherwise noted.  These dyes are color-fast, but care should still be taken to wash with like colors to retain the vibrancy of the colors.

    CARE for 100% cotton quilts

    For quilts with cotton fill, we recommend spot or light surface cleaning only with a damp cloth and mild detergent.  Eco-friendly dry cleaning is also recommended. 

    CARE for herbal/vegetable dye items

    Vegetable dyes are not colorfast and are specifically marked in the product description.  We strongly recommend that all vegetable dye products be washed once before use in a cold water wash with minimal detergent.  Wash separately. Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  Iron on reverse side.  Do not use bleach or stain remover.

    Please keep in mind that indigo dye does continually fade over time.  This is the nature of true indigo dye and is not a defect, but rather a sign of the 'living' nature of the dye.

    CARE for silk and cotton/silk

    For our silk and cotton silk garments/homewares, we also recommend gentle cycle machine wash cold water (up to 30 degrees celsius) or delicate hand washing to increase the life of the garment and reduce the environmental footprint from energy use, detergents and water wastage.  

    Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  

    Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.

    Do not use bleach or stain remover.

    Dry cleaning using an eco-friendly service is also recommended.

    CARE for linen and cotton/linen

    For our linen and cotton linen garments/homewares, we also recommend gentle cycle machine wash cold water (up to 30 degrees celsius) or delicate hand washing to increase the life of the garment and reduce the environmental footprint from energy use, detergents and water wastage.  

    Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  

    Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.

    Do not use bleach or stain remover.