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Patagonia debuts apparel line made from cutting room scrap
Oct '14
US-based apparel retailer Patagonia launched a new collection called ‘Truth to Materials’, which has been made from either, reclaimed or alternatively sourced fabrics.

“The capsule collection having seven styles explores radical new methods of manufacturing, born from a desire to reimagine the first stage of a product’s life: the source of raw materials,” Patagonia said.

It includes; men's undyed cashmere snap-t pullover, women's undyed cashmere cardigan, men's reclaimed cotton hoody, women's reclaimed cotton crew, men's reclaimed wool jacket, women's reclaimed wool parka and the reclaimed down scarf.

The collection, Patagonia said, has minimally processed cashmere and wool, or has gone beyond organic, by reusing cutting room scrap that was otherwise destined for the landfill.

It has been produced from materials like organic cotton and recycled polyester, but with less dyeing and processing, fewer virgin resources and a greater focus on craftsmanship.

“It’s about discovering the origin of a material and staying as true to that as possible during every step of design and manufacturing,” Patagonia added.

For the apparels made from wool, Patagonia used discarded wool sweaters that are shred into usable fiber, just like the early days and mixed them with polyester and nylon for strength.

In case of cotton garments, Patagonia said it has been able to twist it closer to the elusive closed-loop.

The retailer partnered TAL Group, one of the larger Chinese garment manufacturers in the world, which saves cotton scraps by sweeping the floors of their factories in China and Malaysia, thereby saving hundreds of tons of cotton waste from the landfill.

This once-useless cutting-room scrap is then spun into fully functional fabrics and reclaimed cotton is neither bleached nor dyed and is traceable from raw material to retail store.

Patagonia's undyed cashmere is hand-harvested by Mongolian goat herders who brush their flocks as they shift grazing grounds according to the seasons. The colors of the yarns - whites, browns and tans - are as nature intended.

The end result is a material untouched by the process of fiber dyeing, which lessens the environmental impact and gives the material an even softer hand.

Patagonia has also partnered with designer and artisan Natalie Chanin, of Alabama Chanin, for a one-of-a-kind reclaimed down project. (AR)

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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