Limited edition piece.
Perfect for twirling, our fall silk skirt provides a natural, flowy silhouette for your fall wardrobe. The skirt features six individual organic and cruelty-free silk panels and an invisible side zip for added functionality. With a hemline that falls below the knee this silk skirt can easily be worn for many occasions and you can easily twirl yourself from work to play. The deep black hue from non-toxic dyes makes for a seamless transition from day to night.Discover our process
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- 100% Organic Silk
- Spun, woven and dyed in GOTS sertified facility in India
- Made in America
- Hand wash if you can, dry clean if you must
Made in the U.S.A.
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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.
Cut and Sew | Taya Fashion - New York City
The journey ends at Taya Fashion where our silk skirts are cut and sewn. Situated amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City’s Garment District the 20 year old apparel manufacturing company is owned and operated by William Wai and production planner Wendy Fung - two industry veterans who have been working in the garment center for over 30 years.
Over the span of 4 decades William has witnessed many changes in the industry that have shaped his outlook and business philosophy. “The product and the customer have changed. Quality has changed” he says. But, where most industry players are sacrificing craftsmanship in their race to the bottom, William places quality, customer relationships and punctuality above all else. “Quality is number one. My customers are my friends and, of course, you have to be on time” he says.
Perhaps what has affected William the most is the offshoring of apparel manufacturing jobs that has led to decades old factories and garment center institutions to close up shop. Today, the once vast and vibrant garment center on the West side of Manhattan continues to shrink before his very eyes and William himself has experienced the effects of skyrocketing rents.
Once operating out of a 20,000 sq ft space, over the years he was forced to downsize and move several times before settling down in their current home on 38th street. The 3,000 sq ft space buzzes quietly as its 20 employees hum about their machines - checking garments, cutting fabrics and pressing skirts. Even Jimmy the surprisingly friendly resident cat seems perfectly content following William around everywhere he goes, never leaving his side.
Despite the setbacks and challenges the garment center continues to face, William and Taya have persevered and managed to stay competitive by implementing new technology, machinery and equipment, and by providing excellent service and quality products to local customers. We are proud to work with our local manufacturers and their close proximity allows us to visit and engage in face-to-face discussions about the production process. We have watched every step of production and have been delighted to meet and learn from our makers.
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