The task of finding modern, eco-friendly fabrics is daunting. Etsy is a fabulous resource of sprouting designers, but can be difficult to search. My original post on the Top 10 Modern, Eco-friendly Fabric Sources on Etsy was the top post on the Tiny Décor Blog in 2008 and continues to be in the top 3 posts so far in 2009. I have decided to again do all the research for you to create an updated list for 2009. There are some oldies, but goodies that remain on the list, but I have also found a few new gems.
Determining what is eco-friendly and what is not is often very subjective. At a minimum all the fabrics on this list are made of natural fibers with the least amount of conventional cotton as possible. Some of these fabrics are a linen/cotton blend that is more eco-friendly than a 100% conventional cotton fabric or a synthetic fabric. All of these fabrics are printed with non-toxic, water-based inks. Most of these fabrics are screen printed by hand by the designers themselves.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 modern, eco-friendly, screen printed fabrics on Etsy:
- Kalla Textiles are handprinted in Japan by designer Hitomi Kimura with water-based inks on cotton/linen blend fabric. I am personally enjoy reading the Kalla Design blog where Hitomi shares her studio, inspirations, and printing in progress.
- Aunty Cookie offers limited edition screen printed fabrics by designer Shannon Lamden. Fabrics are printed with water-based inks on a linen/cotton blend. Aunty Cookie also carries adorable screen printed fabric trims.
- Moyou fabrics are hand screen printed on hemp/cotton blend fabric with eco-friendly, solvent-free inks. Designer Amy Kerr creates a unique blend of Australian design and Japanese aesthetic. Learn more at the Moyou Design Blog.
- Cicada Studio offers linen/cotton blend fabrics professionally printed in the USA. The newest collection Mod Quad features 4 bold geometric patterns in contemporary colors. Learn more about designer Michelle Engel Bencsko on her blog Cicada Daydream.
- Hollabee still has a few hand screen printed hemp/organic cotton blends on Etsy. At the end of last year designer Bianca van Meeuwen entered a joint venture with a couple other Australian designers to create Ink & Spindle. Her new works can be found at the Ink & Spindle shop.
- The Daisy Janie offering continues to grow with a new collection due Feb/Mar 2009. The designs by Jan DiCintio are professionally printed in the USA on a linen/cotton blend.
- MARAmiki designs are all hand drawn, then screen printed onto linen/organic cotton blend fabrics by designer Mara Snipes in her Chicago studio. She uses water-based, non-toxic inks and her fabrics are finished without chemicals or solvents. See all her designs on the MARAmiki website.
- Umbrella Prints are hand screen printed on organic cotton/hemp blend fabrics with water-based inks by designer duo Amy Prior and Carly Schwerdt. They have added a bunch of new yummy colorways this year.
- Of Paper and Thread fabrics are hand screen printed with solvent-free ink on a linen/cotton blend. Designer Danielle Smeets also shares a visual treat of in progress fabric designs at the Of Paper and Thread Blog.
- Pippijoe fabrics are hand screen printed with environmentally friendly inks on hemp, hemp/cotton blend, or linen/cotton blend fabrics. Check out the Pippijoe Diary for more of designer Caitlin Klooger’s craft adventures.