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Soulful kids clothing with a story. Handwoven & naturally dyed. Preserving ancient textile traditions. Ethical, green & toxin free.
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OUR FIRST COLLECTION:

NATURAL... naturally dyed, handwoven and 100% natural unbleached cotton. No chemical dyes creeping through your kid’s skin, no water pollution from the manufacture and use of synthetic dyes, a healthy environment for all the producers and users of this collection!

VERSATILE... a season-less collection which is meant to be worn all year. All of our items look stylish on their own in the warmer months and fantastic when layered with long sleeved shirts, tights or leggings in the cooler ones!

FUN... a focus on pockets! As a mother of two I have found myself carrying sticks, stones, chestnuts, flowers, toys, dolls - you name it. I believe that big pockets to hold treasures are a must in children's clothing!

WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE:

  • Successfully marry traditional techniques with thoughtful designs to create products for today’s world.
  • Create a thriving business which is environmentally and socially conscious.
  • Empower and support women by paying them fair wages for meaningful work in a healthy work environment.
  • Protect and preserve the rich textile traditions of natural dyeing and hand weaving. Teach about the value of natural dyes.
  • Plant organic natural dye gardens - the first will be planted this summer to provide color for future projects. 
  • Support the planting of more organic cotton locally and move toward certification.
  • Give back more than we take - we will plant three trees for every $100 we spend on shipping to help compensate for carbon emissions.
  • Use recycled paper for our hang tags and packaging and water based, biodegradable inks for our printing.

THE STORY:

Sandra and Sylvia met on the Thai-Burma border and immediately decided to collaborate on a line of children's clothing. They shared the goals of preserving traditional weaving and dyeing skills, spreading organic cotton cultivation, compensating with fair wages, and being part of the emerging slow textile movement. Thus was born the Vermilio - Chimmuwa collaboration, with the mission to build a thriving business while creating soulful and healthy artisan made clothes with a story...because every thread has a soul!

THE REWARDS:

THE LAUNCH COLLECTION:

THE TEAM:

THE NAME:

VERMILIO... We are so passionate about natural colors that we named our business after a very special dye - Kermes vermilio. A little bug which feeds on the Kermes oak and has been used since neolithic times. It was used to dye the robes of emperors and clergy. Even the English word "crimson" comes from the word Kermes. Now that's some history!

NATURAL DYES:

THE DANGERS of chemical dyes cannot be stressed enough.  The wet processing of textiles is responsible for an astounding 20 - 25% of ALL chemical pollution on earth. Hormone disrupting dioxins, carcinogenic amines, heavy metals and formaldehyde get into the environment, onto workers at factories and remain on finished clothing. In addition, conventionally dyed textiles have an extremely large carbon and fresh water footprint. (Please see our video on this topic below.) But it doesn't have to be like that. We offer a solution.

A video about the dangers of the global textile industry. 

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NATURAL DYES are alive, nontoxic and nonpolluting. They are renewable and can be grown sustainably across the earth. Most are as easy to grow as a sunflower. They are slow and beautiful. We practice, preserve and promote the art and science of coloring textiles naturally.  

Here is a short video showing where our indigo blue comes from!

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WHY KICKSTARTER?

We want to launch a successful business! On Kickstarter, we hope to raise capital while building a community of likeminded individuals who care about our social and environmental focus! Kickstarter enables us to raise the funds we need and to build a network of engaged customers who care about our story at the same time.

We have designed a beautiful collection, we are dyeing and weaving our custom cloth right now and our sewers have oiled their machines and are ready! All we need is you so we can Kickstart the engine, get everything rolling, and pay for and deliver the first production run.

MORE THAN FINANCIAL SUPPORT:

Thank you for checking out our story! If you can back us with a pledge, WONDERFUL! We love you! If you can’t join in financially? We get it! You can still help! Share our story with friends, family, co-workers, and your social media universe! Tell anyone you think might be interested. The more people who see this page, the nearer we get to bringing the world our products! We’d love to hear from you about anything - sandra@studiovermilio.com

 THANK YOU:

We are so very grateful for your support and encouragement in bringing our dream to life...

Love, Sandra, Sylvia & the women who make it all possible!

Risks and challenges

PROPOSED TIMELINE:

completion of Kickstarter (July 3rd) 

wait about 14 days for funds to clear (July 17th) 

week 1 - 2 ... shipping of small goods/rewards 

week 1 - 12 ... dyeing, weaving and sewing of children's clothes 

week 13 - 14 ... shipping of launch collection

We are proud of our team of natural dyers, weavers, sewers, designers, managers and dreamers. We've all been working hard for the past 6 months!

Given the nature of our products, the most challenging part are the timelines. The intricacies of dyeing and weaving by hand require a great deal of expertise, time and work. Only after this, the sewing process can begin. We've been in constant contact with our team, perfecting our colors, patterns, samples and relationships. Everyone is anticipating our full production order and should have no problem with the volume.

But we would like to apologize beforehand in the unlikely event of any changes in schedule and promise to be as transparent as possible and communicate efficiently should issues arise!

Political turmoil? That is happening far, far away in Bangkok. Our team is rural and mostly unaffected by those things. Life goes on, people must work, eat and be merry.

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    ~ EVERY BIT COUNTS* ~
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    ~ CHOPSTICKS ~
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    ~ NOTEBOOK ~
    Naturally dyed and hand woven cotton fabric cover, 120 pages of stories, memories, ideas or sketches + your name, blog or website listed on our contributor's page! We'll ask for your color choice after the campaign ends.

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    ~ TWIN WALLET ~
    Naturally dyed, hand woven organic cotton, 2 big sections for money, credit cards, keys, pens, i pod or i phone and a small pocket for change + your name, blog or website listed on our contributor's page! We'll ask for your color choice after the campaign ends.

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    ~ PEETEE SHIRT ~
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    ~ LALA SKIRT ~
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    ~ MASTERING NATURAL COLORS ~
    Receive three days of natural dye and/or surface design instruction or consultation. Convert to natural dyes, learn how to paint and print with thickened natural dye extracts or simply learn the basics. Includes Sandra's travel costs to your home, business or NGO (up to $500). + your name, blog or website listed on our contributor's page!

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    ~ THE REAL DEAL ~
    Come to Thailand and be a true part of the Vermilio/Chimmuwa team for 5 full days! Visit the sewing studio in Mae Sot and the villages where the dyeing and weaving happens. Enjoy delicious Burmese and Thai meals with Sandra and Sylvia where ever we go. Special stops at national parks and waterfalls! Visit historic temples! Stay in a boutique guesthouse that is a social enterprise! Not including flight to Thailand. + your name, blog or website listed on our contributor's page!

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    ~ COLORS WITH SANDRA ~
    Receive a full day of natural dye instruction, help with existing problems or consultation from Sandra. + your name, blog or website listed on our contributor's page! (come to me or I come to you - transport not included!)

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Funding period

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