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Climate Beneficial Collaborative Cloth
Fibershed certified California Cloth Foundry X Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool
A commercial collaborative effort between California Cloth Foundry, Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool and Northern California Fibershed Cooperative.
This collaboration between California Cloth Foundry and Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool was an effort to bring Local Wool and Local Cotton together in a knit fabric that would showcase the beauty that we can create when we work together. Northern California Fibershed Cooperative was our connection and we brought them in as partners in an effort to have a truly locally made and sourced product that the Fibershed CO-OP could also sell to benefit the programs that they offer. We hope this is the first of many of these collaborations between Fibershed producers. I’m excited about offering this fabric to our maker community. A knit like this has been a dream come true!
About the Cloth:
Climate Beneficial Collaborative Cloth a reversible double-faced cut and sew knit fabric. Designed with beauty, quality and our skin in mind. The weight, surface design and texture were intended to reflect a casually-luxurious ‘boiled wool’ side, with a lovely pique-textured cotton face for reversibility. One side has a solid face of cotton with a lovely pique-texture and the other side is a solid face of wool. A luxurious weight, hand and drape reaches a broad and genderless range of possibilities and seasons, hence two faces, for cooler weather wear wool and warmer weather, wear cotton. It is very easy to use, it was designed for ease of cutting and sewing. A knit fabric that doesn’t curl or fray much even after cutting and dye-testing with raw edges, it is very clean and stable to test and play with.
Our cotton is a blend of USDA certified New Mexico organic and California Cleaner Cotton™ grown in the San Joaquin Valley using non-GMO seed and farmed with best practices of sustainability and biological cultivation techniques supporting clean air, water, and soil.
Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet CA wool that is Fibershed certified climate beneficial through land and animal management practices that sequester carbon and help reverse the effects of climate change.
Wash Test Shrinkage
Production – This cloth has been scoured, tumbled and framed PFD
Post Production Wash – Shrink – Torque – Informal wash testing done at CCF – hot wash, hot double -rinse (similar to natural dye mordant scour), plus a high heat tumble test resulting in:
California Cloth Foundry always makes their fabrics ‘PFD(prepared for dye)’ with the intention that they will be dyed with botanicals/natural and veggie dyes/colorants
Dye Testing Designer-customer, All Species, has dyed in four colors, including indigo-leaf, and commented on how amazing her flower’s dyes are rapidly and consistently absorbed and color-uptake and retention are superb when a natural mordant is utilized in dyeing (no need for indigo).
Soil to Soil – Composting projects
California Cloth Foundry (CCF) has already soil-to-soil composted their textiles cutting room waste and the soil test X3 for nutrition and cleanliness and appropriateness for growing food has been verified by three different independent labs that the industrial farming community used throughout America.
Lani Estill is the founder of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool. A commercial wool business and small yarn line. Lani offers yarn that is heaven to knit and a joy to dye. She has a transparent supply chain and is certified Climate Beneficial TM. The wool for Lani’s yarn is sourced at the Bare Ranch, which is operated by Lani’s family. Lani is a Certified Wool Classer.
Lydia Wendt is Founder and Design Director of California Cloth Foundry®. Originally from New York, she trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked with a number of designers and brands, including Issey Miyake, Tom Ford for Perry Ellis America, Calvin Klein, Bloomingdales and Jones New York. Before founding CCF in 2014, she helped produce The Fibershed x North Face Backyard Project and was a member of the faculty of the Academy of Art University’s internationally recognized fashion department, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in sustainable fashion and textile design.
From Lydia’s 25+ years of industry expertise, California Cloth Foundry Inc was born. Her past work on 7th Avenue informs and guides CCF’s design process, values and mission: to reverse fashion’s ‘race to the bottom’ of ethics, environment and quality by reformulating its supply chain in collaboration with nature and community, for the health of the planet, and the beauty that natural fashion & textiles contribute to it, and the future of her two daughters.