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Textiles

In a demanding climate, choosing the right textiles is essential - especially for garments worn close to the skin.

A section of the "Hall of the Bulls" - Lascaux Cave Paintings (c.17,000 BCE)

Since beginning of time nature have provided mankind all of its needs. Food, water, nutrients, medicine, minerals, raw-materials - and natural fibres for cloth and shelter. Archaeological evidence points to humans using these fibres made into textiles before written history. The earliest evidence of use is the discovery of wool and dyed flax fibres found in a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia that date back to 36,000 B.P*. Hemp was the first plant fiber used in southwest Asia as early as 4,500 B.C. The Egyptians had learned spinning and weaving using linen by 3,400 B.C, and India was using cotton by 3,000 B.C. The silkworm provided the silk-fibres that the Chinese spun into the finest threads, and evidence points to them developing the process by 2,640 B.C. Dued to their agent origin and slow evolution, these noble natural fibres optain their unique functions and luckily provide us with ultimate comfort. In the end NO man-made, regenerated or synthetic fibres can replace that, ever. The purer, the better - for both mankind and nature. This is the DNA of Vera & William.

*B.P.: "years Before the Present"


Fibres

Today the industry extract fibers from sources beyond the noble natural animal and vegetal origins. We call them Man-Made fibres. These fibres are regenerated plants, minerals, coal or oil produced in laboratory with chemicals. The world market for noble fibres (both animal and vegetable) has dropped dramatically in the last decades because of the synthetic fiber replacements in this capitalized textile industry. Recent years even more because of the periods of economic recession. In addition to this the escalation of the chemicals used are huge, because of no regulations and knowledge of the outcome. While naturally occurring fibers grow with their natural functions, takes natural colour pigments easily and easily dissolves in nature - the synthetic fibers needs synthetic artificials, toxics, pesticides, pigments and dyes - and does not dissolves in nature.


Wheels of Fibres 2015