I've never run a giveaway before, but I was recently contacted by Vishruti Dev, to ask if I was interested in reviewing her fabrics, which she sells through etsy at EcoFabricStore. I have been thinking on and off about the environmental cost that is attached to quilting cotton and when I find them am keen to use fabrics that are organic and ethical, and these fit the bill, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.
All Vishruti's fabrics (which include Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp, Soyabean Protein, Banana and Ahimsa Silk.) are eco Friendly and earth friendly. The yarns are natural and are hundred percent biodegradable. Better still, they are made with natural dyes, like turmeric, onion, myraballams, madder, kesu flowers, dhavadi flowers, natural indigo. This not only prevents water pollution caused by petrochemical dyes but links back to Indian textile tradition - indeed to all ancient textile traditions, which appeals to me. Apparently this is art as much as a science: for instance the rainy season makes it hard to get dyes to dry and high humidity issues cause certain pigments to coagulate, meaning certain colors cannot be prepared in certain seasons. But I like parsnips in the winter and salad in the summer, so I'm all for seasonal.
So, the fabrics. I received a parcel of small samples - some prints and some yarn-dyed checks (clearly I didn't pay for these, but there were no strings attached, no payments made etc). Having checked out the etsy shop I was pretty sure I would like the prints and I do. The fabric is soft and light, in indigo and beautiful muted browns and ochres. It reminds me of Art Gallery fabrics, or Kaffe Fassett shot cottons in terms of how it feels. My favourites are the indigo ones and the taupe (?) chrysanthemum print. Can you believe, I own a three volume dictionary for its colour defintions and still find myself want to say 'the light, dull brown-y one'. I hang my head in shame.
The surprise of the package for me, though was how much I loved the yarn dyes. They are a very slightly heavier weight (I think they are termed medium weight, rather than light weight) and again are muted earth tones, dull reds, pale blues. These would definitely be my pick!
There are loads more fabrics in Vishruti's store, so it's well worth a look, and if you want to win a yard of any fabric of your choice from the store, then this is your chance. Just leave a comment saying what you would choose if you win, and fill out the rafflecopter thingy.