San Francisco Sustainable
Fashion Week International 2019
at San Francisco
Experienced speakers will be sharing their journey and expertise in how they are moving the sustainable fashion industry forward, day-to-day.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Learn about tools to help you design impact out of product.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Julie M.H. Brown, Director of Higg index
Design Impact Out of Products with the Higg IndexBy the end of this workshop, attendees will learn how stewardship can propel sustainability in the apparel and footwear sector. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is transforming the apparel, footwear, and textile industry through standardized measurement. At this workshop attendees will learn about SAC’s core offering, the Higg Index, and how companies around the world are leveraging this suite of assessment tools. Specifically, attendees will learn about the Higg Product Tools and how they can be leveraged to reduce the environmental impacts of different designs.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production. The Coalition develops the Higg Index, a standardized value chain measurement suite of tools for all industry participants.
These tools measure environmental and social labor impacts across the value chain. With this data, the industry can address inefficiencies, improve sustainability performance, and achieve the environmental and social transparency consumers are demanding. By joining forces in a Coalition, we can address the urgent, systemic challenges that are impossible to change alone.
Felt; the Ancient Fabric!
A Guide to the Beauty of Felt
Feltis one of the oldest known textiles, with a history dating back to around 6500 BC. Back then, it played an essential part within the lives of the nomadic people who lived in Central Asia. Not only is felt breathable, warm, and even water repellent, but it can be made from a variety of renewable natural fibers. Animal fibers such as those from alpacas, sheep, goats, vicunas and insect-produced raw-silk, as well as plant fibers like hemp, flax, and ramie can all be used to produce felt with different qualities and decorative characteristics. In order to manipulate these fibers into felt, there are three common techniques: traditional (wet) felting, nuno-felting, and needle-felting.
Traditional felt is formed by interlocking roving (loose) wool fibers into thin crisscrossing layers. There’s no knitting or weaving involved in creating this felt. Through a combination of heat, moisture and agitation via rolling,each individual fiber becomes entangled with other fibers around it to form the textile.
Nuno-felting, whose name derives from 布 (nuno, “cloth” or “fabric” in Japanese), is a modern twist built upon traditional felting techniques. In this process, roving fibers are felted into silk material that is used as a base. This approach allows artisans to create felt textiles that are very thin and flexible, which is a must when creating comfortable, fashionable clothes.
Needle-felting relies on agitation, but uses special barbed needles rather than rollers. Since fibers are entangled with each individual stroke, the precision of this technique makes it commonly used for creating 3D ART objects.
Process Eco Print
Eco printing is a technique popularized by India Flint of South Australia as a sustainable and fascinating way to transfer plant-based patterns onto textiles. First,the base material is covered with local plants and then tightly bundled together. After steaming and boiling for several hours, pigments from the plants permanently transfer onto the textile, producing gorgeous, unique prints and natural hues.
This technique is equal parts strict science and wondrous witchcraft. Precise pH and temperature must be maintained in order to better capture the details of the plants used, or else you may be left with no print at all. However, even with the most careful preparation and monitoring, you can never fully predict what the final result will be. Such uncertainty and variation can spring forth magical results that help one explore and appreciate the hidden beauty around us.