Made from 100% hand woven Banana fibre silk.
Hand dyed with Natural botanical dyes.
An understated style, this shirt is cut for a relaxed fit. With a broad neckline, dropped shoulders, kimono inspired sleeves and tie detail at the back this piece is designed to be worn as a solo statement or layered item. Crafted with 100% handwoven Banana fibre silk and dyed with Natural botanical dyes.
Due to the handmade quality of hand woven & dyed pieces they will all slightly vary. We our proud of our slow made limited range and believe that each piece is special and unique, the irregularities are there to remind us of the handmade luxury.
Small: UK Size 8-10. EU 36-38 US 6-8
Medium: UK 12-14. EU 40-42 US 10-12
Large: UK 16-18. EU 44-46 US 14-16
Wash less and lighter for the longevity of the garment and the planet.
Hand wash separately for the first two washes. Wash with similar items using mild detergent on a low heat, dry away from direct sun light and heat.
Turn inside out whilst washing and ironing. Iron with steam at low temperatures.
Banana fibre is a highly sumptuous natural fabric, similar to silk; it is biodegradable, vegan, ethically manufactured, and its production is almost carbon neutral.
Banana fibre production has been around since the early 13th century. Originating in Japan, it has since spread to India; its popularity has grown due to its low ecological impact compared to other fibre production, such as cotton and silk.
Typically, when bananas are harvested from trees, the banana stalks are seen as waste and subsequently burnt. An eco-alternative to this is to extract yarn from the stalks by means of a machine. These machine are both inexpensive and simple to use, which means they are highly accessible to banana farmers.
AK Threads works with communities of artisans in South India, who turn this yarn into fabric. The process is an extensive one: all the steps - spinning, dyeing and weaving - are implemented by hand. The manufacture is an ecologically-safe and ethically-minded operation, intended to ensure real benefit to the local populations.
This natural fibre from the stem of the banana tree and is extremely durable. It is comparable to bamboo but with greater spin-ability and strength. Banana silk, as it is also called, has a notable fineness, is soft and breathable, and also a natural organic sorbent.