Les Indiennes fabrics are block-printed by hand in India using natural dyes and pure, organic cotton. Much of the beauty of our fabrics lies in the subtle color and pattern variations found on every bolt. Imperfections are normal.
Our fabrics are 60” (150 cm) wide and come in three weights:
Regular weight – 20s organic cotton $110/m
Bedding weight – 60s organic cotton, a lighter-weight fabric $90/m
If a pattern is not in stock, we can place a custom order at no additional charge. There is a 5-meter minimum.
Lead times for custom orders vary according to the time of year: October to March 8-12 weeks, April to September 12-16 weeks.
Our fabrics are printed on bolts that range from 5 to 10 meters. If you need more than 10 meters, your order will be printed on multiple bolts with the cuts to be determined by you. For example, an order for 35 meters might be printed on five 7-meter bolts.
Newly printed fabrics require special care. The first few washings should be done by hand to avoid tinting the background fabric with the excess dye. Each wash releases dye into the water, especially with dark prints of indigo, olive, and madder red. One should avoid releasing too much dye at one time.
Change the water as it becomes colored. Avoid wringing or spinning.
Drip-dry is recommended. Then a hot steam iron may be used.
After the fabric has been washed by hand several times, it can then be machine washed on a gentle cycle and tumble dried.
Tinted background fabric can still be saved by using the sun-bleaching method. To clarify the background, lay the fabric out in the sunlight for several days. Splashing with water 3-4 times midday will shorten the bleaching process. Background fabric will also clarify over multiple washings.
Use cold water and a minimal amount of natural soap or detergent. Avoid detergents that contain enzymes, bleach, citric acid, or fabric softeners. Avoid detergents that are formulated for wool. Do not dryclean.
Seventh Generation – Laundry Detergent
Dr Bronner’s – Liquid Castile Soap
Green Mountain – Free and Clear
Before applying any treatment such as stain-proofing or fire retardants to our fabric, we recommend first testing the process on a small sample.
Because natural dyes will fade in sunlight, curtains made of our fabric should be lined.