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Ever wonder what’s behind the scenes on a factory floor? Have you wanted to design your own clothing but didn’t know where to start?

The Ethical Fashion Forum features tips and info from the world of eco-friendly clothing on 8 Tips and check out regional supplier info.

The spring sale is on! The next collection is coming in, and we’re making way for more ecofashion at Lily of Valley Isle.

The spring sale is on! The next collection is coming in, and we’re making way for more ecofashion at Lily of Valley Isle.

Organic fashion choices in “Threads and Gems” of Hawaii’s sustainable lifestyles magazine.

Topstitch on a yoke with gathering below for an asymmetrical neckline on a sample dress.

Topstitch on a yoke with gathering below for an asymmetrical neckline on a sample dress.

Ever-popular pleats with a close-up of the stitching.

Ever-popular pleats with a close-up of the stitching.

Round piping detail on a muslin sample with a modified Nehru collar.

Round piping detail on a muslin sample with a modified Nehru collar.

Greige sample with a fagotting stitch, also known as a jollie stitch. 

Greige sample with a fagotting stitch, also known as a jollie stitch. 

Eternal paisley. The range of grey and blue colors possible with vegetable dyes is soft, layered, and nuanced in shade, with a very natural feel. Because many customers aren’t familiar with the wash and care properties of vegetable dyes, it’s a specialty product that takes consumer education to bring to market successfully. 

Eternal paisley. The range of grey and blue colors possible with vegetable dyes is soft, layered, and nuanced in shade, with a very natural feel. Because many customers aren’t familiar with the wash and care properties of vegetable dyes, it’s a specialty product that takes consumer education to bring to market successfully. 

Black is a very difficult color to achieve with plant-based dyes. The group of block printers we work with use discarded horse shoes to get the iron to make the black color, and have special vats that can be used for an extensive time period, much like indigo. They take care to keep these vats separate for proper disposal due to the recycled metal in the color.

Black is a very difficult color to achieve with plant-based dyes. The group of block printers we work with use discarded horse shoes to get the iron to make the black color, and have special vats that can be used for an extensive time period, much like indigo. They take care to keep these vats separate for proper disposal due to the recycled metal in the color.

Preserving artisan skills in ethical fashion initiatives, these vegetable-dyed fabrics come from a long textile history and require intense handicraft work.

Preserving artisan skills in ethical fashion initiatives, these vegetable-dyed fabrics come from a long textile history and require intense handicraft work.