TEXTILES & GARMENTS
TEXTILES & GARMENTS
MRT ORGANIC Introduces
Experience the Highly Effective
ORGANIC AYURVEDIC NATURAL FIBRE CLOTH – AN AYURVEDIC INNVENTION
“Ayurvastra” is based on the Ayurvedic principle of direct touch with body pores. Regular contact with a cloth made from the yams infused with organic herbs and medicinal plant extracts wül relieve metabolic disorders and threads a new line of healthy living. By coming in contact with Ayurvastra, the body loses toxins and its metabolism is enhanced.
Conventional Western medicine and tradidonal Eastern medicine recognize the skin as being the body’s largest
organ. Ayurveda identifies seven unique layers comprising the skin. Each layer has a distinct function and supports the layers about it. The Ayur vastra cloth and clothing can improve the skin’s ability to act as a barrier to external and environmental toxins, the wearer’s health might be improved.
The most effective way to wear Ayurvastra clothing is when the body is most at rest such as during sleep or
meditating because this is when the body is naturally healing and reestablishing balance. This is why Ayurvastra doth is often used for sleepwear, bed sheets, towels, meditation clothes and coir mats.
Ayurvastra – technology
In the technique called Ayurvastra, the clothes are dyed with herbal essences, infusing the cotton with the medicine.
Ayurvedic clothing is made from organic cotton fabric that has been permeated with special herbs through micro-encapsulation technology.
The environment friendly processes for making Ayurvastra cloth and clothing is entirely organic. Every step in the
preparation of Ayurvastra doth and clothing is carefully and predsely controlled. Ayurvastra, as a branch of Ayurveda, begins with 100% organic cotton yarn and fabrics, jute, wool, silk, linen, hemp or bamboo that has been hand loomed – no machine processing, no chemical additives to prepare the cotton fibers for spinning and weaving,no chemical finishes.
Ayurvastra – process and dyeing
The dye process attempts to keep medicinal properties alive on the texdles. Dye fixation is accomplished using natural and harmless resources having high medicinal value. This process uses innovative ways to standardize the quality and quantity of colors consistently in long running lengths. Innovative process is capable of dyeing all natural texdles such as cotton, jute, linen and sük as both woven and knit fabrics.’^ Herbal dyeing is applied to texdle artides like; Raw fiber. Woven fabric. Knitted fabric. Non woven fabric. Stitched garment etc.’ Generally it takes three to seven days to make the fabric depending upon the applications and ailment.’^ There are two processes for making Ayurvastra. Firstly, the yarn is medicated before weaving and secondly, the fabric is dyed after weaving. Basically, the following four steps are induded in each of the process^:
- Bleaching – The raw yam is cleaned by a natural bleaching agent and dipped in Ayurvedic concoctions lasting from 4 hours to several days under controlled temperature. Camel/Buffalo/Cow/Sheep dung is used for both scouring & bleaching the gray doth.’ The encapsulation is assisted by a natural gum. It is allowed to dry and then is washed carefully to remove any loose parddes. The hand loomed doth is washed in natural mineral-rich water and sea salts to remove its sizing and gums used in the course of spinning.
- Mordanting – To make the colours bright and fast a number of natural mordants such as bark of Lodhra
(Symplocos racemosa), Kenduka (Diospyrose ebenum), fruit extracts of Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) etc are used. Alum clays. Iron clays are also used as mordant. But mordants like copper, chrome, zinc, tin etc are avoided due to the environmental reasons.
- Medication (Dyeing) – The organic cotton yarn or fabric is then medicated in a carefully controlled mixture of herbal medicine preparations called Kashayas depending upon the disease or ailment being treated. The word medication is used instead of dyeing because here the medicines itself gives natural colour to fabrics. The temperature of the Kashayas, the duration and number of the medicinal soaks, the blend of herbs and the equipment are carefully used in a controlled manner. The medicated cloth is allowed to cool and repeatedly washed to remove any loose particles and is always dried in shades. Kachuka Aata or Guar gum is used as adjuvant in printing the textile article. Ayurvastra clothes can be produced in all kinds of hues of red, yellow, green, blue, orange, brown. Ivory and black.’
Following are some of the herbs used to produce different colors –
- Sandalwood, Safflower, Madder Root
- Indigo, lime. Jaggery
- Pomegranate Rind, Turmeric, Marigold, Saffron
- Safflower, Madder Root, Marigold.
- Pomegranate, Indigo, Neem, Amaltas, Turmeric
- Cateccu, Lai Kashish, Henna
- Iron Scrap, Jaggery, Peanut Oil, Castoroil
By combination of Blue, Red & Yellow colours, various other colours are obtained. For preparation of various colours, number of herbs is used. For preparation of various shades of colours, percentages of herbal constituents are varied.
- Finishing – In herbal dyeing, finishing is done by sprinkling pure water on the cloth and then stretching under pressure, using hand rolls, aloe vera, castor ou etc.
Ayurvastra – cure for different diseases
India possesses about 20,000 species of higher plants and one third of it being endemic and 500 species are categorized
to have medicinal value.^ Because we use Medicinal Herbs, Ayurvastra have a lot of therapeutic value. Thus, the fabric has been found very helpful for people suffering from ailments like skin infections and allergies, hypertension, heart ailments, diabetes,
asthma and Breathing problems. Sleeping disorders, arthritis, HIV AIDS, Anaemia and also for boosting immunity depending upon the herb used to make the dyes.
PRODUCT RANGES FROM COTTON, SILK, JUTE, COIR, LINEN
- Churidar materials
- Window curtain,
- Turkey Towel
- Inner wear
- Yoga Mat
- Coir Foot ware
- Ayurveda Kizhi
- And many more