The Pompula Dress is made of an intriguing fabric blend of organic cotton, silk and hemp. Silk is biodegradable, renewable, antibacterial and flame retardant. It is also naturally an ivory colour and is shiny and light. It takes about 2500 silkworms to produce a pound of raw silk. There are energy inputs to grow the mulberry trees used to extract the mulberry leaves to feed the silkworm larvae. Mulberry trees actually provide a carbon sink – sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. The silk industry – also known as sericulture – provides employment to rural populations.
As a material, hemp is very environmentally friendly. Hemp fabric is a breathable material due to the porous structure of hemp fiber. The material stays cool in hot weather and warms up when cool. It is naturally UV resistant and absorbent, and is also known for its anti-bacterial, anti-mould and insulative qualities. Hemp needs little help to thrive; spreading so quickly, it makes a great companion crop, helps clean the air and is grown with less water and without the need for harmful chemicals. The plant also requires very little water.
All the materials in the Pompula dress are biodegradable natural fibres. Find the rest of the collection from FECC here.