Where does our linen come from?
Like most Australian bedding companies, our linen flax is originally sourced from France. It is then imported to a family owned factory in China where it gets stonewashed, woven and rolled.
During this process we have our fabric woven at an extra wide width so we can use the scrap pieces to make the unique bags we store our linen in.
We then import the fabric rolls to Australia so we can maintain control over the production process and ensure that our products are made according to Australia’s high ethical and sustainable standards.
Why is linen so great?
Linen is an ancient natural fibre known for its hypoallergenic properties, long wear and superior quality. Unlike cotton, linen has really long fibres so it doesn’t snap (causing pilling) like cotton or cotton/blends often do. The long fibre also means that it deals with sweat, heat and cold really well so you’ll find when you sleep on linen, your overall sleep will be much more enjoyable.
What does 'made in Australia' mean?
We design and produce everything but the fabric in Australia – like most bedding suppliers in Australia, our fabric’s flax seed has originated from France and was woven in China. Despite our greatest search the last Australian commercial textile bedding loom (fabric weavers) stopped operating in Tasmania in 2015 which has meant that China is the most likely destination for fabric supply. To ensure we’re operating in the most ethical and environmentally conscious way possible, we work with a fully certified supplier who runs a smaller factory in China.
Once we’ve imported the fabric we then work out of either Pop and Scott Workshop or Home-Work to hand paint our fabric. We hand paint as a way to slow the process right down, simply because we don’t want to make an oversupply of linen products that will head straight to land fill.
The paint we use is an organic based textile paint, mixed by local Melbourne chemists. All colours are mixed onsite at our studio in response to what we’re inspired by making our colour palette diverse and customisable.
After painting we work with local makers in Melbourne’s northern suburbs to heat-set and sew our doonas. We embroider all of our products by hand as a way to add a personal touch.
Is linen more sustainable than cotton?
In the last few years you’ll have noticed an influx of linen into the bedding market. So why linen over cotton?
Linen itself is a more sustainably grown and farmed material, unlike cotton, which is over-farmed and processed. Cotton requires a lot of water to grow and is attacked by pests regularly. Large amounts of chemicals are sprayed on cotton crops which is a death sentence to insects, soils, waterways and the many humans that handle the product, from collection through to sleeping on it.
Linen however is resistant to most insects and pests, requires only a small amount of water and grows well in most soil conditions. Linen prefers a cool climate, which is why most linen flax originates from Europe. Linen is an annual harvest which gives the soil time to repair in between plantings and is picked when the fibres are really long.
From a sustainability perspective linen is far more environmentally sustainable than cotton as it demands less at a farming stage. Once the cellulose fibre processed and being used in the home, you’ll notice that the fabric is much longer wearing – meaning you’ll replace it less than what you would a cotton sheet.
How do I care for the embroidery?
Embroidery is one of the major features of The Vallentine Project’s work. The thread we use is a cotton/metal twill, meaning that it wont melt, snap or go fuzzy as easily as a pure metal or synthetic fibre.
We hand embroider all of our products which means that every single one of them is unique. We encourage you to take care of the embroidery if you like to iron, by using a pressing cloth.
For embroidery thread that is starting to wear and tear please get in touch. We are happy to rework items so they continue you to look their best.
Caring for tableware
Our tableware is made from a heavy-weight linen from Eastern Europe.
We hand paint and embroider this linen so you can have high quality and unique table dressings.
To care for this linen simply place it in the wash on warm. Air dry and iron this item on the reverse side so as not to damage paint of embroidery. All painting on this textile has been done by hand.
When packing your table linen away we recommend that you roll the linen so that it doesn’t become permanently creased.