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. The silk from Trudel is fully certified, according to the strict criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard GOTS.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
At a high level it defines environmental requirements along the entire textile production chain and at the same time the social criteria to be observed. Quality assurance is backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The printing process
The color patterns are printed by hand on pure silk twill in the last silk printing plant of Switzerland using the original screen printing method. 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 other 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 by hand 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.
Each new application of ink is followed by a drying process. In several washing cycles the colors are washed and fixed. 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 sample 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 Fritsche AG in the Swiss canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden takes over the finishing of the silk scarfs. The cloths are attached to a roller blind, the hem is rolled up and sewn together by hand. The labels are then 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.