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Profession / role:
Co-founder and partner
Company / organisation:
TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles
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My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Buyer, Retailer, Supplier
I am looking to discover or buy
networks of like-minded businesses; designers who want to source ethically traded, organic silk fabrics dyed with natural materials
About me / About business or organisation:
Co-founder of TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles, a fair trade social enterprise that brings naturally dyed, handwoven textiles to Canada and beyond from rural women's weaving groups in Thailand and Laos. Specialties: naturally dyed, organic silk fabric (village produced, hand-reeled); exquisite, handwoven silk scarves for wholesale; enquiries welcome.
Career history / Company history:
Co-founded TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles in 2007 with partner Alleson Kase

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handwoven silk fabrics available in April

Posted on January 30, 2010 at 1:30 0 Comments

Handwoven, naturally dyed silk fabrics created by women's weaving groups in rural Thailand (fairly traded by TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles) will be available in April 2010. Many are hand-reeled and organic (produced without any chemical inputs at any stage of their making). Ask about custom orders: ask@tammachat.com.

For a sneak preview of the fabrics, visit our … Continue

New video: sustainable bamboo

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 15:21 0 Comments

Bamboo is touted to be a sustainable fabric, yet it must be highly processed with large chemical or mechanical inputs to create soft fabrics. Instead, we found a much more sustainable way to use bamboo: harvest it in ways that you can continue to harvest over long periods of time, soak the bamboo, then peel the skin and weave it into baskets.

I just posted a new video on TAMMACHAT's YouTube Channel: Weaving Organic Bamboo Baskets in Laos:… Continue

Updated Online Shop: fairly traded, handwoven, naturally dyed textiles

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 18:30 0 Comments

fairly traded silk scarf from Laos

fairly traded silk scarf from Thailand

Just updated...beautiful, new textiles in TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles' Online Shop: silk scarves, fun bags, silk squares for quilters and other fibre artists. All fairly traded and crafted by hand by women's weaving groups and development projects that work with village groups in rural Thailand and Laos. Visit our Artisans page and Travel… Continue

TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles: working with rural women weavers in Thailand and Laos

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 10:31 4 Comments

naturally dyed, handwoven silk scarf from Thailand TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles brings fairly traded, naturally dyed, handwoven textiles to Canada and beyond through our Online Shop. We work with rural women's weaving groups and development projects that work with village groups in Thailand and Laos. All this work is small scale, home-based work and produces an important secondary income to women who primarily work as rice… Continue

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At 19:03 on October 27, 2010, L said…
Thanks Ellen, very kind of you to say ;-)
At 17:15 on October 27, 2010, L said…
Hi Ellen,

I love the new website, very crisp and inviting. ;-)
At 16:55 on September 15, 2010, BUYING SOLUTIONS said…
Hello Ellen,

We manufacture handmade silk and cotton fabrics. Tussar x Tussar, tussar x Cotton, Eri, Tussar x Zari etc, We also supply yarns as per the requirements. We work directly with weavers communities in Rural india for our fabric manufacturing. Please do let us know if we can be of assistance to you. We are based in India. We can offer you different weaves, in yarn dyed and piece dyed. we use azo free and vegetable dyes as per our buyers specifications. Can offer you wide range and colours .

Kind Regards,
Vipin Bhanot

+91 9850407676
At 17:17 on June 18, 2010, L said…
Thanks so much for the links, will check them out very soon.
At 17:10 on June 18, 2010, L said…
Hello Ellen,

Thanks so much for connecting. I know just what you mean about "challenges", I have had so many head-scratchers already! In fact, we are relocating to Cambodia in September, as we decided it just wasn't realistic nor feasible otherwise.
I would love to chat more with you and learn more about your experiences, so few people seem inclined to share these days ;-)
At 10:07 on May 8, 2010, Praveen Varshnei said…

Let us introduce ourselves as an Indian company specializing in 100% Eco friendly handmade Green line Buttons,Toggals,Novelty Items,Handicrafts ,Bags Handles and costume jewelery.Our inspectors check every lot of buttons,handicrafts,gifts and costume jewelery ,buttons are made confirming to social accountability norms.
We do not use child labor.We maintain the quality in buttons, the quality in shipping,and the quality in communication and in all other aspects. Rest assured - you get THE BEST of the finest handmade buttons from India.Buffalo horn,bone,wooden,coconut shell,bamboo etc
Buttons are meant for mens and womens wear. We have catered almost all segments of garment right from just born babies to hi-fashion mens and womens garments ,we have all the infrastructure to cater your needs, we have dedicated staffs with in-depth knowledge of the Buttons business involving themselves right from raw material collection, making ,polishing and shipping.
Product:Clothing Buttons , costume jewelery
Specification: Handmade by Artisans and all are green eco-friendly organic products
Material:Buffalo Horn,Cow Horn,Bone,Wood,coconut shell,Bamboo,Resin,Recycled Plastic etc
Size: 12mm on wards
Production:50000 pieces per month
MOQ:200 pieces
Lead-time: 15 Days
Delivery: Fob N.Delhi
Payment:Advance through Bank Wire ,Western Union
Samples: Available
We offer buttons from US $ 00.08 per piece as opening price point. and the price are much more competitive anywhere else.
Each piece is unique and may vary in shape and look due to natural variations in the horn.
Besides updating our designs regularly, we also have the complete capability of making items in special designs as per your requirements.
Hope to have an opportunity to work with you.
Thanking you in the mean time.
Praveen Varshnei
Email: p_varshnei@yahoo.co.in
web: www.buttonsnatural.zoomshare.com
Linkedin: http://in.linkedin.com/in/prashanthandicrafts
Skype: buttonsnatural
At 12:53 on April 24, 2010, N.J.Bond said…
Hi Ellen Agger,

Is your above picture blue rumal/ stole on the chair sitting is slik and Indigo .
Please give idea.
At 12:49 on April 24, 2010, N.J.Bond said…
Thanks Ellen Agger.
I am working on Silk Denim Jeans making at 25 counts of the silk hand spun in yarn is our requirement. Take in your project either yarn or fabric okay, I will then send you the swatch we developed in our research , that is pending need be regular produced . Plus Indigo natural dying possible .
Small volume good at expriment level.
Take your time, it is project of its own first kind .Get ready and come .
At 4:23 on April 24, 2010, N.J.Bond said…
HI, Ellen Agger

We are happy to note that everything is natural fibres and dye . We are doing similar in Organic cotton for Making Denim Jeans on Indigo natural dyed.It is with out chemical .from a-z process.

Can you quote for your Silk yarn .minimum quantity .
At 15:49 on December 9, 2009, Dhirendra Singh said…
Thanks for the message, can you suggest some on whom we can contact.


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