We took great pride in hand selecting fabrics during our first trips to the market as a small group of volunteers back in 2009. Though much has changed since then, our desire to hand pick unique textiles has not.

The Transient Design is proud to offer linen, hemp, and hand dyed and woven textiles produced in less damaging ways than the heavy chemical and manufacturing processes ever present in our clothing industry.

Hand Dyed and Woven Textiles

First, the finest cotton is chosen to be minimally processed for optimal softness and feel. Then the cotton yarn is dyed in small vats over an open fire. Hand weaving the cotton on wooden looms in a rhythmic fashion, weavers are able to produce anywhere from 2 meters to 6 meters in a day.

The result of this process is a roll of fabric, 50-80 meters long - only long enough to produce a run of about 25-40 garments. This is perfect for creating a unique piece of wearable art, which is timelessly classic.

A few shots of our current hand woven hand dyed hand bags. That's a lot of hands.

Linen fabric is made from the fiber of the flax plant. It was used throughout history because it not only is very cool and breathable in hot weather but also dries quickly. Linen is two to three times stronger than cotton of the same weight. Believed to be the earliest fiber used by humans, flax is reported to have been used by Swiss lake dwellers around 8000 B.C

Hemp is a natural fiber that’s cultivated with low impact on the environment. It requires no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. Cultivation of hemp improves soil health by replenishing vital nutrients and preventing erosion. It’s one of the most durable natural fibers on the planet and results in fabric with wonderful feel that’s comparable to linen or our hand woven cottons.