Organic materials

Photography : Fred Smink - Styling : Ilse Vink - Model : Soesja Leugs - MUAH : Salma


Photography : Klaudia Molenda - Styling : Karlijn Klockenbrink - Model : Michelle Thijssen - Hair : Munkhjargal Altantugs - Make-up : Kimberley Lau

At Unravelau we exclusively use organic and recycled materials for our products. Protecting nature is one of our biggest concerns, that is why we believe in the power of reusing materials. We try to generate the least possible waste when creating a garment by using zero-waste patterns and reusing the waste we do generate (like threads) in other garments. Even the tags on the garments are made of recycled paper and printed with environmental friendly ink which shows sustainability is implemented in every aspect of the garment.   

It is very important for us to know exactly what materials to choose when making a collection, that is why we spend a lot of time on the research of materials before we choose one. We research not only the production process to decide how polluting this is on the environment but we also research if the fabric is biodegradable and how long it takes for a material to return to the earth. Only if we’re certain that a material is the best choice, we use it for our collection. 

For our collections we use cruelty free Ahimsa silk , Tencel, hemp, linen and organic cotton. All our materials are being ordered through an agent whose focus is on sustainable textiles and fair work. That way we know for sure that our materials have been made under the right circumstances.


Silk is being made out of the threads the silkworm spins to make a cocoon for itself to become a moth in. Unlike regular silk, the silkworm inside the cocoon is allowed to evolve into a moth and to leave the cocoon. This means leaving a small hole, and that is exactly the reason why the silkworm is being killed inside the cocoon in the production process of regular silk. A hole causes the thread to break and short fibers remain to be made into threads. That is why Ahimsa silk has other properties than regular silk. No chemicals are being used on the tree from which the silkworm eats the leaves. To keep birds and harmful insects away, a mosquito net is attached to protect the trees. Also, only biological chemicals (approved by REACH and GOTS) are being used in the production process from fiber to fabric. Silk is a very strong fiber, with a structure not unlike synthetic fibers, which means it takes longer than other natural fibers to biodegrade. The fiber is very smooth and bacteria won’t grow fast on smooth surfaces. It takes about five years until silk is completely degraded. 

Our silk is produced by highly skilled artisans who work from their own area and are being treated with respect. They receive fair wages which makes it possible for their children to go to school.


Photography : Loet Koreman - Model : Jisse Tamar

MUAH : Lina Valciukaite & FaceFacts


Tencel, or Lyocell as it is also called, is a material made from cellulose: woodpulp from eucalyptus trees in South Africa. It is the more sustainable choice instead of viscose for multiple reasons. The process for viscose takes about 40 hours while the process to make Tencel takes about 3 hours. Tencel has less imperfections than cotton, which means that it needs a lot less water to clean. The chemicals used to dissolve the woodpulp are organic chemicals. The chemicals and the water used are being filtered and reused. Because Tencel is a cellulose fiber and subject to bacterial attack, the fabric is highly biodegradable. After two months the fabric has been completely degraded.  

Our Tencel has been produced in Italy and is GOTS certified. The factory’s main focus is reducing its environmental impact.


Photography : Sohvi Kinnunen - Model : Marija Triabaite


Hemp is made from the cannabis plant, a fast growing plant that need no pesticides to grow. It also needs less water than cotton to produce threads. The fabric is being dyed with GOTS certified eco-friendly dyes. Since the raw material is a cellulose, the fabric is biodegradable. The fibers are longer and stronger than those of cotton but becomes softer over time. Because it is a strong fiber, it will take a longer time for the fabric to completely biodegrade. 

Our hemp has been made in Romania, by a factory that stands for fair trade and had always treated their employees with respect, ensuring that they work in a non-toxic, well-heated and cooled and well-lit environment. Every step of production is environmentally, economically and socially responsible.


Photography : Kristina Valo


Flax is the raw material for linen. It is a very resilient plant that can grow in places where no food can grow which means that no land for food is needed for the growth of linen. No chemicals or pesticides are used when growing the flax. Because flax is a very resilient plant, the fibers from it are strong and fabric will last long when wearing. Linen is biodegradable and the fabric is being affected by bacteria within two weeks of being composted. Within three months the fabric will be completely degraded. 

Our linen has been produced in Germany by a company that supports the enforcement of employment rights, working conditions and human rights throughout the entire supply chain


Photography : Nienke Wind - Styling : Ilse Vink

Model : Silte Haken - MUAH : Salma


When growing regular cotton, the cotton plants are being treated with pesticides and chemicals. The difference with organic cotton is that organic cotton is not being treated with harmful substances. The chemicals are being replaced with predatory insects in the plantations. Also, organic cotton farming minimizes water consumption. Organic cotton will be affected by bacteria in a month’s time and fully biodegraded in five months’ time. 

The whole production process of our organic cotton is GOTS certified. The cotton has been dyed with herbs and naturally printed. Sustainability is an integral part of the company and employees are being treated with respect.


Model: Nastia Prikazchikova