Silk is a light fabric with a beautiful shine and soft feel, but it is also one of the strongest natural fibers. Our Silk Shirtdress embodies this dichotomy with an elegance that is still powerful, and a versatility that can take you from day to night. Our organic silk comes from India where it is made without the use of any pesticides or harming the silkworm unlike conventional silk. It is dyed in a GOTS certified facility in India as well and sewn in New York City by a mother-daughter led team. Every detail was obsessed over, from the length, chest pockets and black mother-of-pearl buttons to the removable belt, to create a dress that would make you feel confident no matter the occasion.Discover our process
Thanks, you’ll be notified if this product in size comes back in stock.
- 100% Organic, Cruelty-free Silk
- Detachable belt
- Silk raised in Jharkand, India
- Dyed in Delhi, India
- Mother-of-pearl buttons from Italy
- Sewn in New York
- Hand wash cold, dry clean recommended
- Model is 5'9 and is wearing a size small
Made in the U.S.A.
Like Zady on Facebook
Silk is a luxurious fiber that effortlessly elevates garments. This natural material that shimmers because of the prism-like triangular structure of the silk fibers, that then refract light at different angles. It is light, regulating and, surprising, one of the strongest fibers. We sought out a silk producer that chooses not to sacrifice environmental, social or animal welfare to create this beautiful fiber.
Farming, Spinnning and Weaving | Jharkand, India
Silk comes from the cocoons of silk worms, which eat the leaves of mulberry trees. Jharkland, India has been the traditional source of this beautiful, natural material, and is where our silk is from as well. We partnered with Cocccoon, which was founded in 2012 by Chandra Prakash Jha, a fashion designer from the region who wanted to help his community through fairer wages and safer, more sustainable processes. At Cocccoon, instead of using toxic pesticides on the plants that the caterpillars eat, our farmers protect the trees by covering the plants with mosquito nets to protect the leaves from harmful birds and insects.
While traditionally the silk caterpillar is killed in production, Cocccon uses a cruelty free method to obtain the silkworm’s cocoons, by simply waiting for the insect to emerge and fly away. The cocoon contains two key parts, seracin, a resin that our suppliers repurpose as fertilizer, and the silk filaments. These parts are separated or degummed,by immersing the cocoons in water and Indian washing nuts (reetha) rather than harmful bleach or PCP.
The remaining silk filaments are then hand twisted into long, continuous strands and hung to dry before being spun into cones. Our facilities are GOTS-certified, which ensures the highest environmental standards.
Additionally, all of the staff at Cocccoon receive International Labor Organization (ILO)-approved living wages. Globally, 98% of apparel makers receive less than a living wage. Receiving ILO wages is a critical step out of poverty.
Dying | East Delhi, India
Our silk yarn is sent to East Delhi, a center of textile dyeing in India. The facility is GOTS certified, ensuring safe dyes and water treatment.
Buttons | Italy
Our custom buttons are made by Gritti Group in Grassobbio, Italy in a facility that has achieved Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification.
Sewing | New York, New York
Himatyon, a mother-daughter company, also based in New York’s garment district.