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Herderin's approach is to use the best materials nature has to offer, and let nature speak for itself.
Therefore, our fabrics are backed by domestic and global standards for purity, environmental impact and manufacturing integrity.
Herderin sourcing invests in equitable land ownership,
co-op family farms, carbon positive farming, and US organic and sustainable textiles.
Our work is not a trend to us: this is who we are and want for ourselves, and are fortunate that we can also provide it to others. It is a slow process we continue to improve with your support.
Herderin clothing is made from wool, hemp, organic cotton, and hypoallergenic silk. Our mission is to source as local as possible. When that is not possible, such as is the case for silk, we source as considerably as possible.
In the case of hemp, laws have only recently liberated hemp production for textiles in some areas of the United States, and therefore we also source fair-trade hemp.
Herderin fabrics are treated like food: we want it fresh, high quality, and as direct to the purveyor as possible. We are not interested in manipulating the fabric too much, as we believe that the beauty and bold nature of Earth materials are able to speak for itself. We honor the material rather than wanting to mask or change it to be of fashion.
Handwoven cotton has inconsistent characteristics that only can be achieved through the hand-weaving process. The result is imperfect, one-of-a-kind pieces where no two are ever alike. Soft as a cloud, lightweight and breathable. Our handwoven cotton is organic, pre-washed and pre-shrunk prior. to production. It is creamy in color and has specks of light brown throughout.
Handwoven organic cotton is naturally biodegradable, yet is durable for years of enjoyment. Our handwoven organic cotton is one of the few textiles we work with that is not domestically grown and processed.
Rocky Mountain Merino Wool
Sourced from the Rocky Mountains, our merino and jersey wools are grown from US merino sheep that are raised in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. The wool is shorn without harming the sheep, who graze and live freely on acres upon acres of natural land.
Our wool partner is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and has third party audited wool sourcing standards. We are grateful to have wool that not only is of upmost quality, but also of human rights and animal welfare standards.
Our wool is some of the best quality wools produced in the US for fineness, color and length.
Our wool is unique in that it is naturally insulating while breathable; easy to care for, and will not shrink in the wash. Wool is also easy to clean because of the keratin fibers that naturally make it less able to retain odors. Wool is a wonderful sustainable textile as it is naturally biodegradable.
Climate Beneficial Wool
Climate Beneficial Wool is a by-product of employing carbon farming practices. Sheep raised on a farm that can sequester carbon back into the ground, as opposed to sending it into the atmosphere, are actually reducing their carbon footprint and creating a beneficial impact on the environment.
We source our Climate Beneficial wool from Oregon and California farms, which are then sent to New Hampshire to be woven.
This wool has a woven, thick texture. It is not itchy. Unlike our Rocky Mountain Merino Wool, our Climate Beneficial wool will shrink if placed in warm water. Be sure to cold wash and flat dry Herderin garments made from Climate Beneficial wool.
Hemp is noteworthy for being soil-regenerative, carbon isolating, water-saving, non-reliant on herbicides and pesticides, naturally antimicrobial, durable, biodegradable and so much more.
It is truly one of the most remarkable crops for textiles. Our US Hemp is organically grown and processed using organic chemicals that are covered under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification and are 100% recyclable. Our hemp is knitted in the Los Angeles, California area.
Did you know that cotton is a flower?
Our Organic Cotton is grown in Texas by the Texas Organic Cotton Co-Op comprised of family farms, and is processed in North Carolina by a family-owned mill.
Due to using organic farming practices, our organic cotton mainly relies on rainwater and has zero toxic chemicals present.
Our Organic Cotton is soft to the touch, flexible, durable and processed with care to preserve the natural qualities of the flower.
We are excited to bring spotlight to our US organic cotton waffle knit, ribs, sherpa and more.
We use some fabrics that are a blend of fair trade hemp and organic cotton. By fair trade, we certify that the textile is also free trade; wages and hours are reasonable, and working conditions are safe and comfortable. Our partners are also part of the Fair Wear Foundation.
When hemp and organic cotton are blended, the comfort of the textile becomes far greater than if just using hemp alone. At the same time, organic cotton also becomes much more durable when blended with hemp. We like this combination because it adds a unique texture to the finished product that is comforting, soft, flexible and better with age.
We believe silk clothing should be used not just for delicate adornment, but also functionality. Our silk is intended to be used for every occasion, from hiking to dining. Our silk is washable, durable and better with age.
Our silk is sourced from fine producers throughout Southeast Asia, where the cultivation and processing of fine silk has existed for centuries.
Silk is naturally biodegradable, and a renewable resource. It also uses less water, chemicals, and energy than many other fibers.
Herderin sews with 100 percent ORGANIC COTTON THREAD supplied by a small woman-owned US company.
Elastic used in our clothing comes from the rubber tree and is knit with organic cotton. this makes for a durable product that can biodegrade when its lifetime is complete.