I’m slowly becoming more aware of the impact fashion can have in our environment. In the last year I started implementing small changes towards a more conscious wardrobe but I still have a long way to go…
In the past year, labels making sustainable fashion have caught my attention so when milo + nicki asked me to collaborate I jumped at the opportunity.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to the ONE label that blew my mind with their ethos. Their latest collection, Bandhani, is made out of banana waste!
milo+nicki is a cruelty-free, ethically-designed sustainable fashion line based in Austin, TX.
Empowering women is one of their main focus. milo + nicki produces all the pieces in New York city. The designs allow to wear the pieces in multiple ways = smaller, more versatile wardrobes. Hence less waste. The brand hopes ethicality and equality to be a standard in the fashion industry.
About the Bandhani collection
This collection is made of 10 pieces that can be reversed, matched & mixed to create different 25 looks! making in it super easy to pack for your next vacay.
I know no one is perfect, but I dare say this collection is PERFECT! This is the first collection in the WORLD to be made entirely of banana waste, the NYC collection is biodegradable, sustainable, ethical, fair-trade, vegan, cruelty-free, and all handmade and hand-dyed. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Bandhani is the oldest Indian method still in practice of a tying technique used to create different patterns in fabric. The techniques are passed down from generation to generation, and are all done by hand. Once the brand’s fabric is custom handwoven out of banana waste, it is tied by hand with winding thread to create very small knots. After all knots are tied, the fabric is dipped in all natural plant-based indigo and madder root dye, and allowed to dry in the sun. Once fabric is dried, it is rinsed again to make sure the excess dye has been removed or it is re-dyed to achieve a darker color. Once the desired color is achieved and the fabric is dried, their all women team in India gently pulls the fabric to release the soft threads holding together the knots revealing a unique pattern of white dots beneath.
You can find the Bandhani collection here
Jewels by Wild Cactus Co
Photos by @lukemcameron