What are vegetable fibers when we talk about textile material?
plant fiber textiles are those that are proposed as an alternative to synthetic or animal fibers.
This material can be obtained from different forms and parts of the plant in question, offering a wide range of characteristics and virtues for each variant, ready to cover every need.
Cotton and kapok fibers, among many others, are extracted from the seeds of the plant; from the stems, on the other hand, more resistant fibers are obtained, such as flax, hemp and jute. From the vegetable leaves, raffia and sisal are extracted, and there are also fruits that are added to the vegetable fiber category, as is the case of the coconut.
Dareels vegetable fiber textiles:
In Dareels we have pieces made of washed natural cotton, such as the BISTAR duvet cover, ideal for the winter months, and with a soft and exquisite texture. Cotton is a fiber that gives fabrics a characteristic softness and lightness, and although it is a very common material in textiles, normally its use in the industry involves chemical treatments that distort the raw material in order to streamline production and reduce costs.
Dareels fabrics respect the quality of their raw materials, in many cases even maintaining their original shade, or applying natural dyes without chemical agents.
Linen is a light fiber, not very elastic and of great texture and resistance, making it ideal for everyday textiles such as sheets, cushions and even sofas. The contact of linen with the skin is safe, since it is a hypoallergenic material, which helps to keep bacteria at bay without any problem other than its normal maintenance cleaning. This is one of the star materials at Dareels, and for interior designers in general, as it is very versatile and ideal for any time of the year.
Hemp and jute
Both are highly sustainable vegetable fibers, and although they are not commonly used in normal textiles, they are an important backbone of Dareels' products. Rather than composing a fabric, this fiber is kept in its natural state and worked by braiding to create more malleable and resistant surfaces, ideal for rugs and lampshades. The pieces made of hemp and jute are unique works of craftsmanship, which also present the variations of their natural colors, respecting the unique DNA of each article.
The key material in Dareels baskets. Ideal for its resilience, this fiber, once braided (like hemp), creates beautiful and resistant surfaces with a herringbone pattern. A material that offers great texture and aesthetics to any corner, in an ideal piece for use as a pot cover, or as extra storage.
The advantages of using vegetable fibers:
Apart from the numerous qualities that each vegetable fiber possesses separately, there are usually certain common factors, such as greater overall resistance, good heat conductivity, or rapid absorption, among others.
But not all the advantages of using vegetable fibers are physical. As they are not derived from animal origin, they are 100% cruelty free, and in the case of controlled cultivation, they are also highly sustainable and environmentally responsible.
In addition to this, they also favor artisan work, local industry, and have a strong cultural component: many of the techniques that are still used today are in fact processes from generations ago, which have come down to the present through family inheritance.
At Dareels we are committed to all the values that this means, and for this reason, we are constantly researching new sustainable materials that continue to support the purpose of making the world a little better every day.