By Daniela Degrassi
Lingerie has to be one of the most popular and preferred gifts women receive. Christmas, birthdays, bridal showers, wedding gifts, any occasion feels appropriate to unwrap something ‘intimate’. And since at The Kind Bride we value multi purpose designs, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to showcase the versatile lingerie styles from Ethical Kind, crafted only from 100% cruelty-free premium Organic Peace Silk. These luxurious pieces can be dressed up or down for casual or occasion wear, beyond the bedroom.
Ethical Kind White Lotus collection include a V-neck camisole sleep set, available in white or black. The camisole has a flared silhouette and a hip-skimming hem. The set is completed with matching relaxed-cut shorts with an elasticated waist for comfort and a secure fit. The minimalist lines makes it a perfect complement to any type of pants or skirts you can wear for an outdoor look, whether it’s casual or dressy.
The collection also include a beautiful floral kimono robe in two lengths. Crafted with a flowing silhouette and a soft waist belt. Its elegant Eastern look is complemented by the modernity of monochrome. How often can you find a design you can wear as you lounge at home or wear at the Opera?! This IS the perfect Christmas gift!
WHY PEACE SILK?
Organic Peace Silk, also known as non-violent, cruelty-free or ahimsa silk, is the world’s softest natural silk fibers produced from cocoons without sacrificing animal life. The silk is farmed sustainably, free from harmful pesticides, chemicals and toxins.
Not only does silk look beautiful when used in clothing, but it can also offer many health and beauty benefits to the wearer. Aside from helping your body to regulate temperature, it also has naturally healthy and hypoallergenic qualities. This helps you to preserve your youthful glow and can help to ease the symptoms of many skin conditions.
In organic silk production, once the eggs are hatched, the tiny silkworms are fed with water and tender plant leaves then taken outdoor to the food tree. The larvae start eating the tree leaves. As they grow in size, they moult four times bigger. Once they mature, they start spinning their cocoons. Rearers then collect the cocoons from the tree and hang them in a controlled temperature room for the pupae to emerge out of the cocoon, the silkworm metamorphoses into a silk moth. This silk is called “peace silk” when the moth is being kept alive and can break out of its cocoon unharmed. Silk is then extracted from the cocoons by unwinding or spinning the filaments, twisting them into threads and finally weaving the silk yarn into softer silk fabrics.
Organic Peace Silk substitutes the use of synthetic fertilizers with the natural compost of leaves and dung. Once the silkworm has left the cocoons, the empty cocoons are degummed. The silk glue and the impurities are removed from the silk cocoons by either adding natural soap in boiling water or occasionally, hydrogen peroxide, which is approved by REACH & GOTS to balance the different shades of the silk yarn. The use of toxic metals (heavy metal) to make silk heavier are forbidden.
As far as possible, Organic Peace Silk production uses renewable energy sources such us solar-powered machines for the spinning, winding and plying of the yarn. New technology innovation also means organic peace silk now uses 90% less water consumption compared to the conventional silk processes.
Organic Peace silk is a more humane and sustainable way of making silk, it produces high-quality silk thread without the use of harmful chemical, pesticides and fungicides in any step of the production. The production takes longer and is more labour intensive. The luxurious fabric of Organic Peace Silk is not produced in the same volumes as commercial silk. It is slightly more expensive than conventional silk.
While you’re scouting for that special gift this Holiday season, purchasing a gift that also contributes to an ethical circular economy will make the price tag feel way worthier!
Photos Courtesy of Ethical Kind
An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.