About Selkie


Behind the Fabric

 

The cloth that Selkie products are made from are processed to certified organic regulations and produced in high quality working conditions. I need to tell you that the synthetic dyes used are brilliant as they form a covalent bond with the fabric and become part of the fibre molecule, meaning only a bleach or similar chemical will alter them. Therefore they are ideal for sensitive skin and safe for babies as the dye is bonded firmly to the fibre. You may be wondering why not natural dyes? but natural dyes are generally far less safe, and sometimes not as ecologically sound. They require the use of highly toxic mordents as part of the process. These mordents are also known skin irritants. Natural dyes often also require more energy, water and heat to achieve the same effect. However, both natural and synthetic dyes have their place. In the case of bamboo fabric, synthetic dyes are both the most ecological and effective choice. 

Taking care of your cloths is easy. Simply wash in warm water up to 60 degrees celsius, 30 degrees is best, with a gentle detergent. Do not use bleach, rinse well. Line dry for best results, or a cool setting on dryers. No ironing is required for the terry bamboo face cloths but the muslin bamboo face cloths and bamboo dish cloths look fabulous after an iron. If you care for them in this way the cloths will last, retaining both their absorbency and softness. 

Behind the Label

The name SELKIE comes from Celtic legends. There are stories which are  romantic yet tragic, of beautiful and handsome beings that transform from seals into supernatural human beings. Normal mortals fall in love with their beauty and soft hearts, and the Selkies become part of the  seaside village communities. However, the call of the sea often proves too strong, and on finding their discarded pelts on the shores, they return to the North Sea in seal form, leaving heart-broken families behind.

Behind the Country

Selkie is made in New Zealand by Jayne, a descendant of Orkney, Shetland Island, Scottish and English ancestors. Her forbears travelled by sea from far, wind blown isles to a new country in New Zealand. 
'It's so fun to produce these beautiful cloths, combining silkiness of touch and Selkie mythology'.