Friday, October 17, 2008
Recently I discovered Raksha Bella Organic Textiles and have completely fallen in love with the company, their philosophy and, of course, their beautiful bedding. The name combines the Sanskrit word for protection (raksha) and the Latin term for beautiful (bella), and their mandate follows suit. The patterns are all hand-blocked on 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton and made by women who are self-employed through a Nobel Peace Prize winning program that arranges micro-loans for women living below the poverty line. Their mills and production facilities follow fair-trade labour practices and provide benefits like health care, housing and education. The exquisite collection’s patterns and colourways are timeless and have convinced me to break out of my all-white bedding habit.
- Andrea Mills, Home Associate
- Andrea Mills, Home Associate
Tree of Life quilt in canton and mimosa (top); and Raj Paisley in indigo (bottom), about $375 each (king), Raksha Bella Organic Textiles, rakshabellaorganic.com.
Thank you Andrea Mills, from Wish.Ca, for finding us. We feel honored that you're able to break into a world of patterns with us!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Oh boy are we loving the article that EcoStilleto wrote about us! We've copy & pasted it here for your convenience to read.
The insider’s guide to a cruelty-free life.
The sheets have gotten a little threadbare these days, as our EcoStilettoized knowledge of the pesticide load carried by conventional cotton butted heads with our distain for the plain-Jane, soul-less organic cotton and bamboo sheets that crowded the shelves stocked by retailers who seem to think that we greenies prefer our bedding the color of mud.
Yes, conventional cotton is on our Big List of Things That Suck for a reason. And yes, it’s a lovely thing when the eco-movement hits the big-box store and saves the Earth a whole lotta chemicals. But do you think we could have a few patterns? Maybe a little splash o’ color here or there?
Thankfully, Raksha Bella Organic Textiles just stepped up with a collection of 100% organic cotton, 225-thread count bedding, hand-made and hand-block printed in India with fair labor practices and featuring a glorious (though subtle—we are, of course, talking about places where people sleep) color palette of rose, amber and indigo, among others, created with heavy-metal free, non-toxic dyes.
The patterns are little homages to traditional designs like paisley, our favorite being the Raj in Rum Raisin, probably because the name alone conjures up an almost impossibly perfect fantasy. New sheets. Ice cream. Need we say more?
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Speaking of bedrooms, scrolling through images of these new textiles fromRaksha Bella is making me very, very sleepy ...
Seriously, who wouldn't want to go back to bed and curl up in this beautiful bedding? Founded by Berkeley, California designer Carrie Peters, Raksha Bella just introduced a lovely collection of organic duvet covers, quilts, and pillowcases and shams.
Each piece, handmade by fair-trade workers in India from Indian-grown, certified-organic cotton, is subtly pattered using hand-carved blockprints of traditional Indian motifs and printed with low-impact dyes.
And if knowing that doesn't help you rest easier, I don't know what will.
Of course, sustainably produced products like these don't come cheap: Prices start at $89 to $123 for pillow- and sham-cover sets and go up to $311 to $439 for duvet covers and $442 to $491 for quilts.
Merci More Ways to Waste Time!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Raksha Bella: Dressing Beds with Sustainable Old Age Traditions
by ANNA@GREEN TALK on MAY 1, 2008
Raksha Bella Organic’s Collection of eco-friendly pillowcases, quilts, shams, and duvet covers combine the graceful art of Indian color blocking with sustainable fabrics for one of a kind delicate patterns. Carrie Peter, an ex-interior decorator, founded Raksha Bella after her spiritual journey to India. During her visit, she was struck by the enormous poverty of the Indian cotton farmers, whose farms were destroyed by the use of the modified cotton crop. At the same time, she was entranced with the finely handcrafted textiles featuring age old color blocking techniques.
Her mission in creating Raksha Bella Organic was to restore dignity and wealth to the Indian farmer’s industry and to bring to highlight the beautiful color blocking techniques that she witnessed. The name Raska Bella means as follows: Raksha means protection in Sanskrit, and Bella means beautiful in Latin.
The Quality of the Organic Fabrics
The organic bedding samples that I received were absolutely beautiful. The pictures on my site do not give the patterns justice. They are delicate and intricate with a creamy off-white background. This 225 thread count line is SKALand GOTS certified and uses AZO-free low impact dyes. In addition, the manufacturing process employs fair labor practices. In addition to the pattern pictured above, the Classic Collection features some of the following designs:
The manufacturing suggested retail cost for the Classic Collection is as follows: queen and king duvet covers start at $434, quilts at $455, pillowcases at $46.80 and shams at $22.40.
In addition, Raksha Bella has introduced a new organic bedding collection, the Kaleidoscope Bedding Collection, featuring king and queen fuchsia and violet prints quilts, shams, and duvet covers. The Company’s organic bedding collection can be purchased at certain retail and online stores.
Retailers wanting to sell Raksha Bella in their own stores should contact the company for wholesale prices. Raksha Bella Organics’ dressed beds will not only be beautiful but healthy as well.