Our naturally dyed garments are entirely unique and we’d like to explain what makes them so special. Layne Collective does not embody a fast fashion approach to production. We believe in creating fewer timeless pieces that are high quality. Our artisans honestly design each piece, while remaining true to their roots and working out of their homes. We hope after learning the story behind our garments, you feel connected to the earth and the individuals who handcrafted each piece.
From start to finish, our naturally dyed garments take at least 60 days to make.
Throughout the 60-day journey, they…
⋒ were in 7 of our artisans personal homes.
⋒ touched the hands of at least 15 individuals we all know by name.
⋒ were handcrafted with genuine love.
STEP ONE - D Y I N G
The process begins in Salcaja, Guatemala, which is where the threads for our garments are purchased. Our garments are made up of 50% rayon and 50% cotton, allowing them to be comfortable and effortless. After the threads are purchased, they travel 3 hours to Olga and her team who hand dye the threads using plants and fruits. This process is very tedious and involves a lot of tests to extract the most beautiful colors for our garments. Olga and her team used turmeric, quina, pomegranate, eucalyptus, orange peel and avocado seed for our Summer '19 Collection.
STEP TWO - S P I N N I N G
The newly dyed threads travel 2.5 hours to the highlands of Guatemala where they are given to our weavers. One of our weavers, Manuel, distributes the threads to friends and family in the community where they are spun on a wheel to create spools.
STEP THREE - W E A V I N G
Once the spools are complete, they are threaded on a foot loom, which uses a unique technique to overlap the warp and weft threads. Our weavers operate the foot loom by alternating their feet, which weaves the threads back and forth to create the fabric. This process is very labor intensive and takes nearly one full day to create 5 to 6 yards of fabric. An average garment uses 3 to 4 yards of fabric.
STEP FOUR - S E W I N G
When the fabric is complete, it travels 2.5 hours to Irma. Irma and her sisters hand sew and cut the fabric to construct the garments. Once the final product has come to life, the tags are sewn in and the finished garments are complete.
STEP FIVE - O U R C U S T O M E R S
At the end of the 60-day journey, our garments are packaged up and shipped to our customers. Each garment carries a special story and we hope while wearing Layne Collective, you can share its exclusive story with others.