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What the heck is Oeko-Tex?

When we found our bamboo rayon cotton fabric for the first time, it was love at first touch. It is one of the softest bamboo cotton knits we have ever felt. You could barely tell there was any bamboo in it at all but it had all the best qualities of bamboo (see here for Why Bamboo?). As we learned more and more about the manufacturing process of the fabric itself, we became more in awe about it. The bamboo used is organically harvested. It is knit and dyed at Ms Chen’s facility located in the Hebei Province in China (fun fact, the Hebei Province in China is where the Great Wall of China is located too!). She has been...

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From our Aloha Studio: The Design Process

We all experience the world through material culture. Objects can be made to assist, protect, delight and nourish. I have always been drawn to color, pattern and texture- especially on cloth. These elements have always had the power to change the way I feel, how I see myself and others. Though its seems that my external and internal worlds are constantly evolving my design process has essentially remained the same. The boldness of a print or the drape of a fabric has always been the spark that leads to something real and tangible.   As designer for Ursa Major however, the design process starts with you! Using my visual inspirations in conjunction with the needs of today’s woman is the...

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