Flo-Jo Boutique

Monday, 30 September 2013

New organic Cotton and Cotton Bamboo mix from India.

We've found a new supplier for ORGANIC cotton and cotton/bamboo mix prints. 

The fact that the prints are so pretty and inspired from a book of 1920's prints would have been enough for us but to find out that we bought them from a wonderful British company who's work in India is supporting some of the worlds poorest communities and really making a difference to their lives and their surrounding environment  is even better news!

They are copies of 1920's prints that they found in an old book.
Dress weight, or maybe for patchwork and craft, made from slub organic cotton warp and bamboo weft.
Hand printed, so the print will have some variations.
They are really special, and we can't wait to make ourselves a dress each for work. 
We think they will look great made into a classic tea dress.

Genesh is their partner in India. This is Genesh's Aunty and her grandchildren. She winds the warp thread here for her son to weave for us. The orders we give them enables them to avoid poverty.

These new 1920's design fabrics we have are a bamboo mix. Bamboo is a sustainable product fast growing and makes the cotton feel really soft and hang beautifully. 

Bamboo textiles are cloth, yarn, and clothing made out of bamboo fibres. While historically used only for structural elements, such as bustles and the ribs of corsets, in recent years a range of technologies have been developed allowing bamboo fibre to be used in a wide range of textile and fashion applications. Modern bamboo clothing is clothing made from either 100% bamboo yarn or a blend of bamboo and cotton yarn. The bamboo yarn can also be blended with other textile fibres such as hemp or even spandex.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

A little bit about one of our ORGANIC cotton suppliers....

Organic Cotton

The organic  cotton comes from a non GM source and is supplied by Agrocel. One of their partners is Traidcraft, the largest UK fairtrade organisation.
The cotton is grown in northern India.
Our cotton is not sprayed with toxic chemicals. Instead, weeding is done by hand and pests are controlled biologically (by encouraging other insects to control the pests). Please see the excellent PAN site (Pesticide Action Network).

Fair Trade Cotton

This means that the people who grow cotton get a fair guaranteed wage and that their health and welfare is supported. They subscribe to the Fair Trade policy defined by IFAT (The International Fair Trade Association).
The hand loom cottons are woven and safely dyed using GOTS approved non azo dyes and are woven by a charity-run project involving about 250 workers using hand looms or small power looms.
Below; one of the weavers in K.V. Kuppam, a village in Tamil Nadu state, South India, 120 miles from Chennai (Madras). The area has long been a centre for cotton handloom weaving.
The middle picture is the cotton being dryed.

We have just bought 5 new designs of organic cotton. We're really excited by the work and hope you will like them too.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Mademoiselle - Inside CHANEL

Beautifully made informative little films about the wonderful beginnings of the fashion house that is CHANEL....enjoy ... we did!  xx

CHANEL N°5 - For the first time - Inside CHANEL

More wonderful mini films about the design house that is CHANEL.
Get up on your fashion facts!


I found this collection of beautifully made films of the history of CHANEL
Worth a watch when you have a moment.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Flo-jo Boutique is the creative baby of Delia and Erika two seamstresses from Bristol specialising in lingerie and vintage styled garments. Designers of sewing kits and creators of sewing parties their shop in Bristol and online shop are home to a gorgeous range of quality fabrics and haberdahsery, craft kits, books and handmade gifts.