leFoulard attaches great importance to a resource-friendly and socially fair production of the silk scarf collection.
The supplier of the silk is the Società Serica Trudel in Italy. The silk manufacturer is well known worldwide for its certified and high-quality silk fabrics.
Trudel's silk is subject to strict textile processing standards and is obtained from organic fibers. Environmental requirements, as well as social criteria are maintained at a high level along the entire textiles supply chain.
The printing process
The color patterns are printed by hand on pure silk twill in the last silk printing factory of Switzerland using the original screen printing method. The Altra Management AG (Textil) ex. Mitloedi Textildruck AG is responsible for both the upholstery of the raw material and the screen printing process. The manufactory is committed to a social, ecological and resource-saving production.
Compared to digital printing methods, the traditional screen printing process is very complex and involves many individual work steps: The silk fabric is placed on large flat film printing tables laid out. Each individual printing ink is drawn over the respective sample stencil with a so-called squeegee. With this tool, the ink is evenly distributed and then pressed through the fine-meshed fabric. The «leGlaronais» collection requires four screen printing stencils, the «leBauhaus» collection requires 10 screen printing stencils. More glimpses of the production process can be seen on Instagram at lefoulardcollection.
Each new application of ink is followed by a drying process. In several washing cycles the colors are washed and fixed. This allows the inks to finally bond with the fabric pores for long-lasting durability and wash-resistant printing results. The sample print is then checked individually for each cloth.
The screen printing process guarantees, in contrast to today's common digital printing, a clear pattern drawing on the front and back of the silk scarf.
Mitloedi Textildruck AG only uses Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified, wash-resistant and skin-friendly screen printing inks that are neither harmful to health nor allergenic.
The final manufacture of the silk scarfs is carried out by the Fritsche AG in the Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden. The cloths are attached to a roller blind, the hem is rolled up and sewn together by hand. After that the labels are sewn on.
Only a few women in Appenzell still master this craft today. Due to the costly work involved, this craft is threatened with extinction.