31 Jul '15, 6pm

Callina’s slow fashion sweaters preserve culture and nature

Callina’s slow fashion sweaters preserve culture and nature

Designer Michelle Sheppard creates sustainable garments with a connection to cultural traditions. The fabrics are soft and sumptuous—it’s no wonder that the story of Callina is all about the origins of the fiber. Founder and designer Michelle Sheppard travelled to Peru in search for natural fabrics that are both high quality and sustainably produced. She works with a vertically integrated yarn producer, whose flocks live high in the Andes. “We had the opportunity to go their farm, which is 16,000 feet up in the Andes,” Sheppard told me. She explained that the traditional way of raising alpacas is sustainable, as neither the animals' hooves nor their grazing harms the environment. The resulting fibers are dyed with certified non-toxic dyes, and could easily biodegrade if mixed with earth. Callina also helps support the local community, by working with their suppliers to don...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-fashion/callinas-sl...

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