Behind the Fabric
The fabric used in Selkie products is processed to certified organic regulations and produced in high quality working conditions. The synthetic dyes 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 it's ideal for sensitive skin and safe for babies as the dye is bonded firmly to the fibre. Some natural dyes are far less safe, and sometimes not as ecologically sound, as 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. Both natural and synthetic dyes have their place. In the case of bamboo fabric, synthetic dyes are both the most ecological and effective choice.
Care of the cloths is easy. Simply wash in warm water up to 60 degrees celsius 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 facecloths but the Muslin bamboo facecloths and bamboo dishcloths look better after an iron. Cared for in this way the cloths will last, retaining both their absorbency and softness.
Behind the Label
The name SELKIE comes from Celtic legends. The stories are both romantic and tragic situated in the far North of The Shetland Islands and beyond. Tales are told 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 they return to the North Sea in seal form, leaving heartbroken 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 these far, wind blown isles to a new life in New Zealand.
'It's so fun to produce these beautiful cloths, combining silkiness of touch and Selkie mythology'.