Social Fabric™ consists of indigenous heritage cotton (the wild stuff that grows into the trees in Guatemala’s forests). As well as poly-culturally grown cotton (when cotton is grown alongside other crops so the boll weevil, cotton’s archenemy, cannot see the plant).
The Algodones Mayas produce the cotton for us on their finca on the Guatemalan Pacific coast. It is graded, carded and spun nearby in Escuintla by Maria Elena Ramirez.
The Museo Ixchel distributes the yarn to be handwoven in Mayan communities in Chicacao and Solola with a reflective yarn, called Retroglo, that ensures our fabric cannot be counterfeited. In poor communities, if demand should rise, as it did in the early nineties, everyone would want to get into the act. Cheap Chinese cotton was substituted in that era. It made the fabric, even if it were still arduously handwoven, cheap too.
In a greater sense, Social Fabric™ means that growing, spinning and weaving the fabric in Guatemala, designing, cutting and sewing in New York combines the soul of both communities.
The work of globalization should result in friendly and mutual revelation, not anonymity!
This soup-to-nuts manufacturing process is unique. Investing in the “goods of conscience” means the look, the hand, the feel of a just wage throughout the whole birth of the garments means it grows through the life of the garment.