Material & Making

SUKU is rooted in authenticity, sustainability and connecting our global community under ethical fair trade practices and shared experiences. Every design and decision is made with this philosophy in mind. We strive to work transparently and consciously in providing a product you can feel good about. Our textiles and materials are carefully chosen for your comfort and also for their impact on the environment and our global community. In selecting the materials, we place a lot of importance on the production process. Materials undergo small scale productions by local artisans who operate sustainably and under fair trade practices. We choose to support local economies and cottage industries in Indonesia, a place close to our heart. SUKU products reflect the natural beauty and abundance of Indonesia and its unique textile tradition.

MATERIAL

Bamboo Rayon - Our sheets are made from a sustainable eco-fabric known as Bamboo Rayon. Organically grown bamboo is considered one of the world’s most sustainable resources as it is fast growing, doesn’t require replanting or fertilizing, and thrives in poor soil with little water consumption. Bamboo also helps mitigate water pollution by reintroducing nitrogen and stabilising the soil. Cellulose from regenerated bamboo and acacia tree fibre is spun into a rayon yarn using a closed loop process. The result is a luxuriously smooth and soft fabric that is cool to the touch. Bamboo Rayon is a breathable, hypoallergenic material that is more absorbent and pill-resistant than cotton bedding.

Cotton - The cotton used in our hand woven runners is grown on Timor Island. The domestic production and processing of the cotton decreases the carbon footprint of the overall process. The cotton fibre is then hand spun using traditional Indonesian methods and natural dyes are used to colour the threads. 

Natural Dyes- We use a palette of natural plant dyes made from sustainable, locally available materials. Blue pigments are derived from the Indigo plant (Indigofera Tinctoria), which is native to the tropics. Yellow is obtained from Turmeric, and red shades like magenta are derived from Sappanwood. Brownish-red hues are derived from the root and bark of the Mengkudu plant (Morinda Citrifolia). Unlike toxic chemical dyes, plant waste from the dyeing process is biodegradable and the alkaline waste water is reusable.Dyeing cloth and thread by hand with natural plant dyes is a very time-consuming and labour-intensive process. Thread and fabric take many passes through the dye bath to reach the desired colour saturation. Natural dyes can be unpredictable but they produce a deep, rich aesthetic that cannot be achieved through the use of commercial dyes.

MAKING
We maintain partnerships with crafts people and artisan communities throughout Indonesia with an emphasis on social and environmental sustainability. All of our business is fair-trade and in support of economic empowerment for local people. We strive to uphold the ongoing tradition of natural hand dyeing and traditional craftsmanship, keeping the production process authentic and as close to the source as possible. We work closely with a small workshop in Bali for the small-scale production of our SUKU bedding and runners. Skilled Balinese artisans dip dye and hand paint our bedding fabric using a traditional Indonesian batik technique - this is a process that takes up to three weeks to complete. SUKU runners are intricately hand loomed by masterful textile makers over the course of two months. Natural dyeing and hand weaving are delicate, labor-intensive processes. Each production is beautifully unique in its own way. What you can expect from a SUKU product is a unique item made with love and intention.

 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS
We have carefully considered the environmental impact of our sheets over the entire lifecycle of the product. With Bamboo Rayon, there is no need for fabric softener, whitening agents or bleach, which add costs to the consumer and chemicals to our environment. For best results, Bamboo Rayon should be treated with low friction and low heat when laundering. We recommend a cold water wash on a short spin and rinse cycle, further reducing water and energy usage. Hang or tumble dry on low.