PLANT & natural sylks

These Sylk fabrics are cellulosic textiles that originated from unique natural fibres and support STSC’s Wealth from Waste philosophy.  

SHOP THE SYLK RANGE.

Aloe Vera SylkBanana SylkCorn Sylk, Lotus Sylk, 
Milk Sylk, Orange Sylk, Rose Petal SylkSoya Bean Sylk.

FABRIC DETAILS. 
MOQ. 20 metres. Purchase 20 metres minimum

 

WEIGHT. 
Comes in a variety of gsm weights offering Banana Sylk at 76gs, Rose Petal at 85gsm, Aloe Vera at 125gsm, 

They are light weight and do not come in any other weights.
 

WIDTH.
44 inches / 111.76 cm
(1 meter = 1.0936 yards = 39.37”)

WEAVE DESIGN VARIATIONS
Each fibre comes in a variety of weave designs from 9 to 16 designs. 

DYEING AND PRINTING OPTIONS.

Fabric colour is griege/white. 

STSC offer dyeing, printing, and full production services via our Consultancy service

This service is in addition and to cover the time taken to create the job in Australia or India, depending on the job specs.

These fabrics have shown to pick up the dyes and eco-printing extremely well given they are natural fibres.  Dye testing has been done on Soybean and Banana only.  Given the natural fibres we assume all will perform in the same way.  Given this is a new type of fabric, testing will take time.
 

Eco-print testing has so far been achieved with incredibly luscious strong colours in Rose Petal, Soybean and Banana fabrics only.  Other fabrics can be achieved through paid testing.

For further information see Dyeing and Eco-Printing pages.

TIMEFRAME.

White fabric is usually in stock and may take approximately 2-6 weeks for fabric and up to 2 months if being dyed.

PRICES OFFERED IN AUD$
Prices do not include freight and taxes.  
MOQ for Natural Sylks are 20 meters for one fabric pattern type in one order. 
 

By offering low MOQs we aim to minimise our eco-footprint by not shipping just small swatches on their own.

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Currently there are 7 Sample Books with 104 fabrics and weave patterns to choose from


Step 1. Purchase Sample Books

Step 2. Order a Courier

Order a particular fabric with 20m minimum via the SHOP

Or order above 20m via Purchase Order

ALOE VERA SYLK – ORGANIC

PATTERN. 15 to choose from

FEEL. Very silky, soft and flowing drape not suitable for tight designs given the slippage..

BANANA SYLK - ORGANIC

PATTERN. 16 to choose from

FEEL. Very silky, soft and flowing drape, some patterns are more textured than others..

STSC aims to support farming communities via the Tamil Ndu Agriculture University's EcoGreen Unit to supply Fibre Extraction Machines to support farmers who currently pay to have their crop waste removed, which is also often burnt, adding to local air pollution.  We currently do not source our fibres from this avenue, but are working to set up supply chains in the future.  Learn More about the EcoGreen Unit and machines.

CORN SYLK - ORGANIC

PATTERN. 13 to choose from

FEEL. Less silky, soft and flowing drape than the others, has a more organic natural feel.

ROSE PETAL SYLK -
BIO NATURAL FROM ORGANIC FARMS

PATTERN. 14 to choose from
FEEL. Very silky, soft and flowing drape.  This will cause a high amount of slippage so not suitable for tight designs.

SOYA BEAN PROTEIN SYLK - ORGANIC

PATTERN. 12 to choose from

MILK FIBER SYLK - ORGANIC

PATTERN. 12 to choose from
FEEL. Very silky, soft and flowing drape.  This will cause a high amount of slippage so not suitable for tight designs.

ORANGE SYLK 

PATTERN. 15 to choose from

LOTUS SYLK - to COME

PATTERN. 13 to choose from

Our particular focus is on beautiful, sustainable, biodegradable natural plant fabrics made from so-called "waste" fibres that are, in some cases, removed after a farmer’s harvest, thus creating fabrics that start from zero water waste, and support our "Wealth From Waste" philosophy.  

 

We are proud to provide sustainable Sylk fabrics made from plant fibres, plus food by-product fibres such as Certified Organic Milk and Certified Soya Bean Protein.

 

These fabrics are biodegradable, durable and picks up eco low-toxic dyes and pure plant dyes with outstanding colour depth to additionally minimise water waste.  The fabric is silk-grade, luxuriously soft, breathable, plus the Plant Sylks are less water-consumptive given they started their journey from "waste" therefore more environmentally sustainable than other natural fibres that made by purpose grown crops including organic cotton, hemp and bamboo.

In addition, like most of these other fabrics, our Mill is not working to a Closed Loop practice (eg the standard that Lenzing does).  STSC aims to work with our Mill to reach this goal however at the moment they are not Closed Loop which means they do not recycle their effluent but dispose of it according to Indian manufacturing regulations. 

 

This Mill has been operating since 1947 and have achieved a variety of global certifications including Fairtrade, GOTS, BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), and STANDARD 100 Oeko-Tex Certified for a variety of different cotton fabrics.  GOTS accreditation is for organic cotton spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing.

They hold the GRS Global Recycled Standard for recycled cotton and Recycled Poly fabric (which STSC will not support because of the dangers of shedding toxic microfibres in both production and domestic of polyester).  They also produce linen. 

Since 2011 they have developed the sustainable Sylks, adding to the range over time.  Many of the Sylk fibres come from an organic source however they are not produced in a Closed Loop.

All cellulosic yarn comes from a cellulose fibre (eg viscose is wood pulp, either from sustainable forests like ours or from forests causing deforestation). 

 

The cellulosic fibres are processed into a pulp and then extruded in the same ways that synthetic fibers like polyester or nylon are made, therefore its a natural biodegradable fibre but man-made process. 

 

Standard chemicals are introduced and as this Mill does not have Closed Loop systems in place, the water and chemicals are not recycled but disposed of according to Indian manufacturing standards along with the other fabrics they produce. 

 

At this stage STSC does not know what chemicals are used to create the yarn.