Lara Stone garments are crafted with comfort and durability in mind as part of our sustainability focus. Each garment is treated like an art piece and we take pride in the fact that the garment can and hopefully will be worn for a very long time.
All linen fabrics are manufactured with Oeko-Tex Certification. Jersey fabrics are made from peace silks from india, or merino wools which are grown in Australia. And we are always experimenting with new sustainable fibres such as hemp and organic cotton. Whenever possible, we utilise remnants from the end of rolls, incorporating them into our one off dresses that are patched together to create stunning artworks.
We proudly employ local seamstresses for the manufacture of all garments. Having a close relationship with our seamstresses helps to develop the garments quality and design on a regular basis. This ultimately ensures a better product.
At Lara Stone, these are the principles we follow, however we recognise that there are many ways we can improve. Please watch this space for our progress towards more sustainable products and practices. And feel free let us know if you have information on other sustainable fibres, we would love to know more!
The Dyeing Process for the Artisanal Collection
Being part of the Slow Fashion movement means that Lara Stone garments are dyed using non-toxic methods. Lara has been experimenting with a mixture of ancient and modern natural dyeing techniques over the last decade to extract natural colours sourced from native Australian flora and minerals.
How does this work ?
Lara loves going out exploring the Australian bush and collects as many fresh elements she can : leaves, barks, berries, lichen, peels and pods... which she then brings back to her studio.
This is where the magic happens.
Then starts a long process of alchemical dying sessions. Colours are coaxed out from natural elements and bonded to best quality and ethical silk or wool or linen, which she then cooks up in large pots for hours before letting them air-dry. At the unwrapping stage, Lara is presented with unique patterns and bright colours.
The fact that each piece of fabric is lined with different natural elements means that no two Lara Stone products are the same.
For solid block dying, Lara soaks the raw and uncut pieces of fabric in big pots for days, until she reaches the desired shade of colour.
Lara spends as much as time as possible trying to discover new sources of natural dye, always experimenting with new plants, roots or fruits.