I would like to share with you the manufacturing process of our handbags. Our workshop is in Ubrique, in the province of Cádiz, a small village with a long tradition of craftsmanship.
The preferred materials used are silk and leather.
Silk is a thin fabric, so before printing it, we have to give it body. To do this, we stick a twill consisting of cotton fabric to it, so that the handbag is soft, light but with enough texture to be able to work with it. We are concerned about the weight of the handbags, so we always look for light leathers, which provide quality but not weight.
Once the silk is ready, we move on to printing. We use the Transfer technique; it consists of screen-printed inks printed on siliconised paper support to be later transferred to textile support; in this case, heat is applied to the silk at a temperature of 200º with specialised printing machines.
The fabric prepared; with this process, we achieved that the silk becomes a resistant fabric; this is essential as the bags must be used on rainy days and be resistant to common stains.
The leather we use, as mentioned above, is light leather from our supplier in Alicante, which offers us a wide range of colours to work with.
The last step is to follow the pattern of the handbag; choosing the leather and its colour, zips, hardware, sewing, dyeing the edges of the leather, checking the details, and continue working on the preparation of the following collection.
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I am Olga Toral, designer at Olalla Gambín, and I would like to explain to all of you the fabrics we use to make T-shirts. It is becoming easier to recycle and use recycled fabrics, the price of the raw material is indeed higher, but I believe it is worth it; the last word, as in almost everything, is up to us as consumers.
A point of clarification; for our T-shirt collections,do not buy ready-made T-shirts. and then print them out; a tailor helps us with the pattern scaled to the different sizes; the sizes must have real proportions: we start from the illustration or painting, adapt it to the T-shirt pattern, cut each of the pieces and send it to the workshop for sewing. The sleeves and the back are in plain colours so that when it sent to the workshop, it is a small puzzle that takes shape when the tailor finishes it. We use organic cotton and recycled polyester to make our t-shirt collection.
Organic Cotton; the production is almost entirely in the hands of two countries, India and China. The concept of organic cotton refers to productions with an organic farming model, soil protection to prevent soil erosion, including fertilisation with animal waste manure and insect control with bio-pesticides. Nuestros proveedores de telas cuentan con la certificación Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Independent monitoring is needed to verify that we are indeed using organic and recycled fabrics.
Recycled polyester; is mainly produced from PET bottles (the most common type of plastic used for beverage packaging found in supermarkets). Wastes from polyester industries or even from discarded clothing. It does not need virgin oil to be manufactured, thus reducing the petroleum as raw material. Recycled polyester keeps the same characteristics as the original; it can be washed and ironed, its durability is the same.
While organic cotton is based on organically grown productions, here I show you how recycled polyester is evolving:
Sustainable fabrics have an added advantage; perfect finish offered after printing, bright colours, high-quality finishes, high durability to wear over time. The importance of making clothing that can be machine washed and ironed, especially for the spring-summer seasons when we like to dress in a more fun way and at the same time very practical for the kind of life we lead.
As we started this article, the last word is up to us as consumers. I encourage you to try it and judge for yourself.
To Carlos J. Olivares for his illustrations for the Olalla Estelada collection.
To ARTISTIC TEXTIL’s workshop, the T-shirts are sewn in Mataró, Barcelona.