Welcome to our Organic Linen Products Store, dedicated to all things linen from organic fine French linens for the bed to organic Irish linen shirts, towels, and blankets. All are sweatshop-free, GMO-free, formaldehyde-free, dioxin-free, and chemical-free. Made in Europe.
Both Irish linen products and French linen products are legendary for their crispness, lushness, heirloom qualities, luxurious hand, and environmental friendliness. At Rawganique.com, we make them better by using only certified organic French and Irish linen fibers to manufacture our organic linen products. Our certified organic French linen sheets have been a flagship product since 2000, bringing the classic coziness and elegance of traditional European linen fabrics into the homes of eco-conscious connoisseurs world-wide. Equally important are our organic Irish linen terry towels and bathrobes - both rarities in this age of mass-produced products where it is hard to find a loom operator willing and patient enough to work with flax linen yarn.
The breadth of products that are possible to make with flax linen is astounding and we are continually dreaming up new products that can be made with this wonderful "green" fiber, a true companion to our main natural fiber offerings of organic cotton and hemp. We expect to launch our new line of 100% organic linen knitwear in the Winter of 2013.
All of our products are cruelty-free (no animal testing) and vegan, with the exception of a few wool bedding items, wool socks, and a lined winter jacket, which are made from cruelty-free wool organically grown in Europe); in addition, we manufacture our products only in countries where we can be certain of stringent regulations regarding worker and environment protection.
Since 2000, we have been designing a complete line of sweatshop-free organic linen clothing, bed, bath, and home products. Some of our perennially popular organic linen products include:
• Organic Linen Table Runners (hemstitched)
• Organic Linen Place mats (hemstitched)
As one of the most ancient, if not the oldest, fibers known to humankind, alongside hemp, linen has played a significant part in human history.
Derived from the beautiful flax plant with a delicate pale lavender-colored flower, linen fiber and seeds (flax seeds) have many uses, from breathable clothing, bedding, and bath products, to parchment paper, to nutritious foods. The flax (another name for linen) plant is easy to grow without chemical fertilizers & pesticides and requires very little human intervention in terms of watering and fertilizing. As such, flax (linen) is a sustainable and desirable fiber in light of Global Warming.
But commercial flax linen products are still heavily treated with chemicals to try to transform this beautiful natural fiber into a more synthetic product that's easy to manage, homogenize, and commercialize. Plus, the cover crops in between conventional flax growing seasons could be heavy on GMO, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides.
This is why at Rawganique, we insist on using only premium-quality organic flax linen fibers grown in Europe under strict European labor laws. We aim to be as pure and sustainable as possible in our environmental footprint.
Our Eco-sytem is under stress from all sides. We wish to do our part in tilting the balance towards a more sustainable future:
We stand against the use of chemicals and pesticides in the manufacture of food, clothing, and home products — organic farming assists Nature and does not harm the future prospects of farming as do the conventional "chemical" methods.
We oppose the liberal and unnecessary uses of fossil fuels in creating fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and artificial fibers.
We do not support genetically modified (GMO) crops.
We do not support sweatshop conditions, mono crop culture, and large-scale industrial productions; this is why our products are made in small runs and small human-size batches, often by hand.
Why Rawganique.com's organic linen products? Because we stand for premium selection, purity, and sustainability. Rawganique.com is known among eco-conscious consumers for our strict adherence to purity, comfortable classic styles, and commitment to the environment, farm workers, and you, our valued customers.
Read Why Organic Linen? to learn more about this wonderful ancient fiber and for more info about the amazing healing effects of wearing organic linen, a fiber used as wound-dressing. Linen is hypoallergenic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, and the only natural fiber usable for internal sutures.
The Bible made many mentions of linen fiber and clothing — perhaps the earliest written reference to linen. Linen (and hemp) has also been used in Eastern cultures since ancient times.
Egyptian Pharaohs were clothed in linen, the fabric of choice in the day (and for for millennia to come), renowned far and wide for its great insulating properties of cooling in warm temperature and warming in cool temperature. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen; the fabric was found still in good condition when mummy discoveries were made centuries later.
European history abounds with references to the deliciousness of fine linens. The ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Druids, and more recently the French, Irish, Italian, British, Spanish, and Germans, despite their differing ways, have one undeniable thing in common: they have all been besotted by the beauty and elegance of fine linens and made world-renowned products with them. To this day, for many people around the world, there is no finer choice of fabric for clothing, bedding, and place-setting than linen.
"Miss Marple was helped into the taxi with every possible care and decided on the spur of the moment to go to Robinson and Cleaver's and look at their splendid offer of real linen sheets...Her mind was filled with pleasurable anticipation of linen sheets, linen pillow cases...Miss Marple had a very enjoyable time at Robinson and Cleaver's. Besides purchasing expensive but delicious sheets — she loved linen sheets with their texture and their coolness..." From At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
Many mainstream big-name clothiers are now offering so-called "organic cotton, linen, or hemp clothing". Which should normally be a good thing (it's about time!). However, independent labs in Germany have found as much as 30% GMO cotton in them (which is decidedly NOT a good thing!). Fabrics claimed to be made of organic cotton turn out to contain only 3% organic cotton content, with the rest being made up of conventional cotton. Most are made in China and India, with their often dubious record of worker safety and fair compensation. Many clothiers also treat linen, cotton, and hemp fabrics with so much chemicals that they could hardly be called organic or natural anymore.
As a small manufacturer, we take pride in sourcing only 100% organic cotton, linen, & hemp from countries with strict environmental and labor standards (European countries, USA, Canada). We obtain our organic fibers from small growers, then weave luxurious natural & organic fabrics in small batches, before sewing and finishing them with a mind to environmental sustainability. Much of the price you pay for our products go directly towards the raw organic materials, production costs, and fair wages. We aim for a modest profit so as to be able to begin the cycle of production all over again, thereby continuing to make available organic products that are better for workers, wearers, and the environment.
"If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, there's a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That's your choice"
As designers, we are tempted by bamboo's promise and softness, but as eco-conscious people we have resisted the urge to use it because the process of turning the bamboo plant into a man-made, soft bamboo fabric uses way too many acids, chemicals, and natural resources for our liking.
For now, we have found that we can make almost everything our customers could ever need with three ancient fibers that are pure, sustainable, versatile, and soft enough for any purpose: organic cotton, hemp, and linen.
News: The US and Canadian governments are going after false claims made by manufacturers of bamboo products because the fiber labeled "bamboo" in many products is actually rayon.
>>Under the Textile Labeling Act and Regulations, "bamboo" is not listed as a generic fiber name, and as a result it is not legal to identify the fiber content on a label as "bamboo". Because of the processing involved, "rayon" must be used."
>> "Four sellers of clothing and other textile products with deceptively labeling and advertising these items as made of bamboo fiber, when they are made of rayon."
Furnish your organic bedroom in style with our organic cotton linen hemp bedroom accessories.
We strive to offer the purest, most sustainable products possible.