Nettle Ecofibers

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UNIQUE HEALING CLOTHES

Sunny Savage wearing wild acorn wild blackwalnut wild tulip flower dyed nettle organic cotton outfit

Our skin is our largest organ, making up roughly 16% of our body weight. Those with skin sensitivities respond well to our clothing line, as we do not use synthetics or the cocktail of chemicals used by the majority in the fashion industry. These natural fibers breath easier, are antimicrobial, and adapt and form to our personal body shape. We include a packet of nettle tea with every purchase of our clothing line to encourage ingesting these wild plants on the inside as well. Being Savage on the Inside and Out is where deep healing can happen, and encouraging the health of the people and the planet is truly our goal. Nettles have solid scientific backing, as well as a shared history around the globe, for nourishing and healing. Sunny Savage, founder of Savage Designs, has a Masters of Science in Nutrition Education. She focused her Masters degree on the antioxidants of wild greens, and found current research validating nettles and their healing properties.

By supporting the tribal villagers who are wildcrafting our nettle fibers, while living some of the most ecoconscious lifestyles on the planet, we are ensuring the continuation of this lifestyle for our collective diversity. By virtue of living in harmony with the earth and themselves their presence is healing. Wearing these fibers and drinking the nettle tea provided when you purchase our clothing, is a healing journey that takes you one step closer optimum health.

WHY NETTLE FABRIC ?

Nettle is beyond organic. It is beyond the constraints of the modern world. It helps us let the wild enter into our lives. We dreamed of bringing nettle to the collective conscious for quite some time. Nettle is most widely known for its large stinging hairs (left photo), and it will make its presence known if you don’t pay attention to it. It is respected by our human family around the globe and provides us with food, medicine, and utility. This clothing is alive…and has a consciousness of its own. It is treated with respect, integrity, and love during all of its processing techniques. It is sustainably wildcrafted from the community jungles of the Himalayas. We want to consciously look good, to feel good, and to know that the threads we wear on our bodies are alive and appreciated for their beauty..to have roots.

Tribal woman (photo below) wearing a nettle shawl and holding 100% nettle placemats she wove on a loom.

THE PROCESS

1. mix wood ash & clear mountain springwater

2. add dried nettle bark

3. saturate raw nettle bark

4. cook for a number of hours

5. cook until almost no water is left

6. wash ashes out of nettle bark

7. repeated washings to removed ashes

8. beat ash-cooked nettle bark a good while to remove hard fibers

9. cleaned & beaten nettle bark

10. white clay from mountain gathered

11. break up the clay in water to make a slurry

12. coat ash-cooked nettle bark fiber with clay slurry

13. close-up of nettle fiber covered in clay


This video documents traveling to our destination, harvesting and eating wild stinging nettles for food, villagers cutting the Giant Himilayan nettle which can grow up to 16 feet tall, and using their teeth to remove the outer bark of the Giant Himilayan Nettle plants for fiber. You will also hear a young woman singing an ancient nettle song and talking about how she feels that creating a market for nettle will ensure their culture continues.

BAMBOO

We also use bamboo fibers in our clothing line. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. We had to search far and wide to find a supplier of bamboo that we felt comfortable supporting…and we found them!

The only country offering bamboo fabric is China. We found a supplier who takes the sustainably grown and harvested bamboo and crushes it into a pulp. The process then involves chemicals that turn it into a regenerated cellulose fiber. Most manufacturers dispose of their chemicals, and are wasteful, but our source uses a closed-loop system and is at the cutting edge of ensuring that bamboo is created as a true ecofiber. The fibers we use are certified organic, and you can view their certificates below.


OTHER ECOFIBERS

  • We use several other wild and non-wild fibers. These include Tencel, which is made from eucalyptus wood pulp and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, Certified Organic Cotton, reclaimed fur, organic wool, organic soybean fibers, wildcrafted hemp, and more.
  • We have an exciting new wild fiber, which is harvested by small cooperatives in the United States, which we’ll be bringing to you in the future. Our aim is to be Savage on the Inside and Out, so this new wild fiber will be used in our clothing line, as well as provided in an ecologically packaged hang tag to include a high antioxidant supplement created from the plant.

Model wearing skirt of Tencel, a fabric made from eucalyptus wood pulp.

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