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Gift guide for mindful self-care

If you’re still looking for Christmas presents ideas, here’s a roundup I prepared for all last-minute shoppers. I believe in slow living and I hope you agree when I say: something in the self-care area is always a thoughtful gift. Who doesn’t love to pamper themselves every once in a while? This is a gift guide for a mindful self-care, presenting exclusively sustainable products from small but powerful female-owned businesses I admire.

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Rosemary eye pillows - healing benefits you should know

Do you know how some smells can make you feel certain way? I can’t shake this childhood memory of freshly baked bread coming straight from a hot oven - it keeps coming back every time I smell this rosemary & millet eye pillow. How wonderful and cozy is this smell! But it’s not only the smell that makes these eye pillows so unique. I listed the benefits of these two ingredients for all of you who don’t know much about aromatherapy yet.

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How to warp a frame loom with a heddle bar

First thing you need to learn when you want to start your adventure with weaving is how to warp a loom. Warp are all vertical threads you stretch between top and bottom beams. You will use them to weave weft - horizontal threads - between them. It’s important that your warp is stretched properly and has a good tension. In this tutorial I will show you how to best warp a frame loom.

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Healing properties of herbal eye pillows

Plants have amazing properties, that we can experience in various ways. Some time ago I got interested in how you can absorb helpful substances through your skin. Isn’t it just amazing? It is also proven that aromatherapy can be a big part of the healing process. Plants have so many ways of helping us. All of my recent reading was the inspiration behind my new eye pillows. I’m very excited about this line, that helps our bodies through healthy plant brews, botanical colors and healing scents.

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What makes sustainable project bags

A year ago I wrote: “We start our businesses with a hope they’ll become our legacy. We all want our lives to be meaningful, we want to live what we stand for.“ It took me a while to uncover what’s the greater purpose for me in my business. After 10 months since taking Kaliko to full-time, I know what I want. I want to have have a multiplied impact, not only as an economic engine but also setting trends and promoting what I believe in. In this blog post I share how I do that.

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Dyeing with indigo and fresh woad

The process of dyeing with woad is similar to dyeing with the indigo plant. The pigment contained in the leaves is not soluble in water, so to be dissolved, it must undergo a chemical change - reduction. First removed from the dye pot, it combines with oxygen in the air and reverts to the insoluble blue. This oxygen-free dye bath is called a vat. There are many recipes for making a vat (19 that I know of) and last weekend I tried out the most common ones.

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(Feminist) Strategies for sustainable wardrobe

If you consider yourself a feminist and want to celebrate ALL women on the International Women Day, quit fast fashion. There is no feminism in fast fashion, it’s that simple. You just can’t have both! If you want all women to be treated equally and with respect, start from yourself and respect work of all women (and children!) in the fashion industry. This is how you do that.

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How to weave on a cardboard loom

If you think you need special equipment to learn how to weave, you're wrong! Use things you have at home to make your first loom, just like I did back in the summer of 2015. I taught myself how to weave on a DIY cardboard loom and I got hooked! I want to share some of my favourite techniques and tricks with you. 

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Sustainable makers: Jewelry by Ninalu

Luka is one of my first friends from Berlin maker's scene. She creates pieces out of recycled sterling silver, brass and copper tubes in combination with natural materials.  Every piece is inspired by minimalistic aesthetics and nature that surrounds her. I asked Luka a few short questions for you to get to know her better because this year we teamed up to offer beautiful Christmas gift sets.

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My self-employement journey

This autumn was an intense period in my life, with a lot of bad things happening, which made me reflect on what I’m doing and who I want to be. It all led me to quit my day job. Some of you might know that I’m an architect and worked in an architecture office for the past 5 years. I enjoyed my job and loved my colleagues. We did I leave then?

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How to dye fabric with plants

I get many questions about my process, so I decided to write a blog post to make it accessible to everybody. My way of dyeing is by no means the ultimate right way, it’s just a process I developed over time, based on research and experience. I want to describe my process step by step, give some important advice and share an approach for beginner dyers, which is a simplified procedure for a first ever experiment with plant dyes.

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Should you use mordants?

Some time ago I posted a question on Instagram, asking other natural dyers how they keep their botanically dyed fibres wash fast without compromising their methods. I was a long-time advocate for not using mordants while dyeing or mordanting fibres with soya milk only. It worked wonderfully on wool but I wasn’t happy with the results I was achieving on linen. I wanted to know how other dyers work around this problem.

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Finding purpose in business

“The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

While finding a purpose won’t guarantee success, it’s impossible to be successful without it. The best thing you can do for your business (and yourself) is to find your very own purpose to guide you. 

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Why is organic cotton fabric better

Don’t be deceived by “natural fibre” rhetorics. Conventional cotton is not as natural as it sounds. What does that mean for us and our environment? Well, nothing good. Production of conventional cotton fabric pollutes the air and surface waters, decreases biodiversity and shifts equilibrium of ecosystems.  It can irritate consumers' skin, causing allergies, eczema or even cancer. 

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How to print with plants onto fabric

The beauty of plant-stamped fabric lies in the wonderful imperfection of the print. You can add a hand-made touch to your house and print some cushions, teatowels, table runners or bags. Don't worry about your skills, it's really easy! Follow this tutorial to learn how to do that.

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