Meditation Dress gardenia
This is my favorite dress. I wear it year-round -- on its own, with tights, and over leggings on the way to yoga.
While we may live in man-made cities, we can bring the spirit of nature indoors. The soft organic cotton fiber comes straight from the mountains -- pure, undyed, and unadulterated. It is the closest thing to being wrapped in nature all day long.
Gardenia flower pods are foraged from the mountain forest in the summer to dye this vibrant sunshine hue.
Wearing the airy handwoven fabric allows your skin to breathe, so you feel refreshed and uplifted. Perfect for a calming meditation or hopping around the city.
Embroidered stitching runs down the center front. Hand-sewn French seams follow the curves of the body for a cozy feel. Sewn-in side pockets add extra convenience. The boat-neck can also be worn off-the-shoulder.
A great dress for any occasion.
Fits true to size, take your normal size. For a looser fit, take the next size up.
Those with broad shoulders may take the next size up.
Model is 175 cm/5'9" and is wearing a size Small.
S = size 4 (US)
M = size 6 - 8 (US)
L = size 8 - 10 (US)
100% native seed cotton
We use natural off-white cotton that is grown by the village artisans using organic farming practices.
Native cotton seed can actually grow during a drought. Not to be confused with the water-thirsty GMO cotton seed invented 30 years ago that now makes up 99.4% of cotton production globally.
TIME REQUIRED TO MAKE EACH GARMENT:
Growing cotton: 4 months
Preparing cotton: 3 days
Hand-spinning: 5 days
Setting up loom: 1 weeks
Hand-weaving: 3 - 5 days
Finishing fabric: 3 days
Dyeing fabric: 2 - 14 days
Cutting fabric: 1 days
Sewing: 3 - 9 days
Washing: 2 days
TOTAL = 5 - 6 MONTHS
Seed-to-sewing in a 30-mile radius:
No fossil fuels
Artisans paid a living wage
Each piece was beaten with a wooden mallet to make the fabric extra soft and drapey. It will continue to get softer with each wash.
Don't be afraid of wearing off-white. Since no chemicals were used, the fabric retains the natural oils of the cotton plant. Dirt and stains easily roll off when washed, just like a white poodle after a doggie bath.
1) Hand-wash cold, line dry, or
2) Machine-wash in mesh bag, line dry
Natural dyes will fade and become more beautiful over time. It is similar to how dark blue jeans will lighten with each washing.
For a faded patina effect:
Hand-wash cold, line dry
To keep the original color:
Natural fibers will wrinkle. This shows that it is not blended with any synthetic fibers.
Our garments should be ironed using the highest setting (HOT) with steam.