The Story Behind

JUNGLE FOLK AT WORK - part 4

The sewing process of our clothing takes place in different small workshops in Medellin. The women who sew all come from a economically vulnerable background. They often live in very small apartments where the living room is also workshop and even bedroom. Jungle Folk works closely together with the municipality of Medellin who has great social programs. One of these programs, called "CEDEZO" gives micro-credits to these women in order to make the purchase of a sewing machine possible, they also empower these women with workshops about quality questions, worth ethics, prices etc. Jungle Folk also has given some workshops in the frame of this program.

Jungle Folk Conscious Clothing

our beautiful blazers hanging in Estela's living room. We only bring them small quantities at once in order not to occupy their whole living space 

Jungle Folk Conscious Clothing

each piece is discussed and looked at meticulously by us and the sewers. Here you see Maria with our creative director Pauline Treis developing a shirt.

Jungle Folk Conscious Clothing

in many home visits we ensure a personal and positive work relationship with our sewers and show them our respect and recognition

Jungle Folk Conscious Clothing

Jungle Folk Conscious Clothing

JUNGLE FOLK AT WORK - part 3

get an insight into Oscar Torro's hand loom workshop in Medellin. He and his wife work the hand loom since ever and met each other in a big hand loom workshop. They perfected their skills extremely so they could buy their own looms..sadly this art is being substituted more and more by industrial machines so there is a lack of work. We were happy to develop beautiful pillowcases and blankets with them! muchas gracias ♡

JUNGLE FOLK AT WORK - PART 2

Gustavo Velez is an important part of Jungle Folk. Gustavo aka Terry has been living on top of the hill next to Medellin with his big family and his dog for many years.Terry is a very skilled artisan. He works with different materials and knows his art incredibly well. Among other things, he is responsible for our buttons made out of seeds, horn and coco. He has to find horn which has an even structure and matches the colors of the fabrics. Every button is unique.

JUNGLE FOLK AT WORK - PART 1

We are a community and we want to share the faces and the stories behind the clothes with you. We will see Olguita, Ana Cristina, Terry, Cristina, Javier, Claudia, Freyder, Maximiliana, Luz Estela, Pilar, Oscar and Mauricio, 10 sewers and artisans in Medellin, Colombia. Most of them are working from their homes in small ateliers in the “Barrios” on the hills of Medellin. We will also see Victoria, a Argentinian designer living in Medellin who’s responsible for production and develops designs with Pauline, the founder of Jungle Folk. 

All beautiful pictures by Jayme Gershen.

HANDWEAVING WITH RECYCLED MATERIALS

The fusion of an ancient craft like hand weaving with a contemporary material such as recycled PET results in something totally intriguing, unique and fascinating. We did it and love the result!

The technique of weaving looms are very rare as are those who know this craft. 
The time consumed for weaving a fabric by hand and thread by thread, mostly doesn't pay for itself in a world where it's only about being time and cost efficient. We from Jungle Folk are exactly looking for this kind of techniques which gives a special energy and quality to our products. The use of sustainable materials further increases the exclusivity of our products.

The thread we discovered and used on the hand loom is made out of 100% recycled materials:

First the recycled PET; We work with a Colombian company which recycles 11'000 tons of PET bottles a year, these bottles are collected by the so called "recycladores", the displaced and homeless people who earn a living out of this. 

The production of a thread made from a recycled PET bottle uses 72% less energy than the production of a new polyester thread and still has the same qualities as a new one.

This thread is mixed with recycled cotton;

The textile industry, which is relatively large in Colombia, produces yearly tons of scrap-fabrics which don't have any other use. Collecting them, cropping them into small pieces and spinning them to a new thread these rests gives them a second life in the form of a new kind of thread.

Working with Ana Cristina we designed some pillowcases and fabrics which are woven with a lot of dedication and time.
They have a minimal, calm and geometric design in blue, white, black and brown and beautiful little details such as buttons made out of coco.

The touch and energy of these pieces are unique and are now on display in "La Casa Temporal". We look forward to showing you more!

Peace Silk

The manufacture of conventional silk has long been regarded by many as a cruel exploitation of mulberry silkworms. Fortunately, there is an alternative for those who adore silk but also respect animal rights – the Peace Silk.

A Peace Silk Yarn (Photo by Aurora Silk)


Silk, also dubbed as the ‘Queen of Fiber’, is a natural protein fiber that is loved by many for its luxurious appeal. The fabric’s texture is soft and smooth, which is quite amazing considering it is also one of the strongest natural fibers.
 

The commercial production of conventional silk commences with the cultivation of silk worms which feed on Mulberry leaves. After several weeks of feeding, the silkworm begins to spin cocoons, by producing a special sort of saliva that hardens when exposed to air. As the silkworm continues to spin by continuously weaving its head in the pattern of the figure ‘8’, the silkworm becomes completely encased in the cocoon. When the silkworm becomes a moth and is finally ready to emerge from the cocoon, it secrets an alkali fluid that breaks the cocoon and destroys the silk in the process. Hence, in the production of conventional silk, the pupae are killed usually by boiling the cocoons in hot water so as to preserve the silk. A small portion of pupae are kept alive to produce the next generation of silkworms. The fibers are then unwound to form a single strand, which are later combined with other strands to form a single thread. This method of producing silk was first developed in China over some 5000 years ago, and as a result of this long period of captivity, mulberry silkworms have evolved to become blind moths that are unable to neither fly nor eat due to the undeveloped structures in their mouths. 

Watch the Production of Peace Silk from 9twenty Creative

An alternative form of silk is the Peace Silk, which is produced without harming the silkworms and enables them to live out their full life cycle. The moths are allowed to emerge out of their cocoons and the silk fiber is subsequently collected and spun from opened cocoons. This process is extremely labour intensive but it provides employment benefits to the weavers and their families. As the fiber is not collected as a single strand but as many smaller strands, the Peace Silk is believed to not be as strong as conventional silk. However, as it is spun as a fiber rather than as a thread in the case of conventional silk, it is also said to be warmer and softer. In fact, natural silk is often said to possess temperature regulating properties which help the body to retain heat in cold surroundings and expel heat when it is warm. It is also known to be a hypoallergenic fabric. The well-known Ahimsa silk is an example of a type of Peace Silk produced in India.

 

Jungle Folk's Silk Jacket

Jungle Folk’s Silk Jacket is made from Peace Silk lovingly hand-woven in India. The natural artisanal fabric is of extremely high quality and the end result is a classic style jacket that is almost weightless and extremely soft to the touch. Fashion can be made without the harming of animals! Find our Silk Jacket online at Jungle Folk's website.