How Is Rose Petal Fabric Made?
For the sake of the planet and the human race, it’s important that the global fashion industry steps up and takes responsibility for its impact on climate change. Choosing more sustainable ways to make high-quality garments, using natural materials and low emissions without the need for harsh chemicals needs to be a top priority.
At Jayley, we care about our planet. That’s why we’re concentrating on offering a range of planet-friendly fabric choices in our collection. In these guides, we’re detailing how each of these fabrics is made from process to production to give you, the customer, full transparency before you invest in them. And whilst we know that we have a long way to go in our quest for sustainability, these fabrics are a start and a step in the right direction.
Following on from our last blog on bamboo fibre, we’re looking at an innovative new fabric that is taking the fashion world by storm; rose petal fabric.
Read on to discover how it’s made, how it’s more planet-kind than silk and why you should add some rose petal fabric to your wardrobe.
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What is rose fabric?
Rose petal fibre is an innovative, new fibre made from rose petals that is natural and hand-woven. It’s known as rose fibre because it is made from actual rose plant waste, but the term is commonly used for fibres that are soft and silky to the touch.
Rose petal fibre is made from the natural waste of rose petals and rose bushes cultivated without chemical fertiliser. When the flowers from these rose bushes have finished flowering, the petals are harvested, ready to be turned into rose petal fibre.
By working this way, pollinators can still collect pollen from the flowers when they bloom, with petal harvesting taking place after, so it doesn’t impact nature’s natural cycle.
Rose petal fibre is known as cellulose fibre. Cellulose fibres generally come either directly from the plant or are regenerated. Regenerated fibres, such as bamboo and viscose, have to undergo a chemical process to extract the cellulose fibres, making them part natural and part synthetic.
Rose petal fibre belongs to the regenerated group and is made from a blend of cellulose and rice protein. It is classified as belonging to the bast fibre group, sometimes known as phloem or skin fibre, as the cellulose is collected from the phloem or inner bark surrounding the plant’s stem.
How is rose fibre made?
The process of making rose fibre is simple.
The rose cellulose is stripped and processed from the parts of the plant that aren’t used, in this case, the petals and the inner bark of the stem and spun into luxuriously soft fibre.
The spinning process can be time-consuming as the fibre is slippery and therefore, has to be spun with a tight twist using a whorl-sized wheel. This method draws out a small amount of fibre at a time, without letting the twist get caught up in the fibre bundle.
How does rose fibre compare to silk?
Rose fabric is similar to natural silk without the same environmental and ethical impacts. It’s soft to the touch and as luxurious as silk, but it’s also incredibly durable and breathable.
Why is traditional natural silk bad for the environment?
Making 100% natural silk involves harvesting silk from the cocoons of silkworms bred and reared in captivity.
When a silkworm spins itself into a cocoon on its journey to becoming a silkmoth, the fibres it produces are needed to make natural silk. To extract natural silk, the cocoons are boiled and stirred so that the soft fibres can be extracted when they unravel. Whilst this process occurs, the silkworm is still in the cocoon and is boiled alive and killed as a by-product of the silk production.
For this process to be successful for the silk manufacturer, silkworms need a high input of food to guarantee a high output of cocoons. Alongside this, harsh pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilisers are all used in the process, which harms the silkworms, the environment and workers.
Then, with fibre bleaching added into the mix, silk becomes a questionable investment for anyone who cares about fabric production’s impact on animals, workers and the planet.
Although there are still some flaws in producing plant-based fabrics, in this case, rose petal silk is certainly a more environmentally conscious and animal-friendly option.
Rose petal silk is also much hardier than traditional silk; it’s relatively strong and durable, resistant to pilling and machine washable – not to mention that it’s much lower in cost than natural, traditional silk. And, in its rawest form, biodegradable rose fibre (that is made 100% naturally from Indian rose bushes cultivated without chemicals and dyed using natural Global Organic Textile Standard certified pigments) it’s also biodegradable in soil!
Rose petal fabric: The highlights
Rose petal fabric utilises the waste from rose plants, usually the petals or stems. Rose petal cellulose is extracted from the plants, stripped and processed before carefully spun, ready to make stunning rose petal fabric garments.
Because it utilises waste from rose bushes, it’s more ethical and environmentally sound than traditional silk and doesn’t need to undergo rigorous chemical processes; it’s becoming a more sustainable alternative to traditional silk. Harder-wearing and machine washable but just as soft and luxurious, although not all rose petal fabric is 100% biodegradable, it’s a step in the right direction, moving away from unethical processes and animal cruelty in the clothing industry.
Jayley’s Rose Petal Collection
The Rose Petal Collection at Jayley is made from 100% rose cellulose extracted from rose petals. Incredibly soft to the touch, just like silk, not only is it stylish to wear, but it’s also breathable.
If you’re looking for fabrics for your wardrobe that are taking a step in the right direction when it comes to sustainability, look no further than the Rose Petal Collection. From stylish dresses featuring super-fun prints to oversized shirts and crop tops, it’s never been easier to find perfect wardrobe staples.