Marle / Fabrics

Silk isn’t just luxurious and beautiful, it also has numerous benefits and properties that make it one of our favourite fibres. 
SILK

Silk isn’t just luxurious and beautiful, it also has numerous benefits and properties that make it one of our favourite fibres. Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk the ability to cool and warm simultaneously.

It is highly absorbent and dries quickly. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp and in contrast to its delicate nature, it is one of the strongest natural fibres, thanks to its elasticity and ability to stretch without breaking.

We mostly use sand washed silk that can be cleaned in a regular delicate cycle or hand washed. This not only makes caring for the garment easier and more practical, it reduces the use of chemicals and energy required for drycleaning.

Majority of our silks are Oeko-Tex certified, which you can read more about here.

Shop our silk styles here

Our brand was born from knitwear and it still makes up a large part of our collections.
WOOL

Our brand was born from knitwear and it still makes up a large part of our collections. Knitwear is inherently less wasteful than other woven fabrications, as each piece is knitted to size meaning no off-cuts.

Wool is a diverse, durable and smart fibre. It is temperature regulating (keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter), moisture absorbent (wool fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air), odour resistant, anti-static, stain resistant, fire resistant, biodegradable and renewable.

We design with various wools in our collections, sometimes blended with other natural fibres such as silk and cotton meaning you will also get the benefits that those fibres provide. Please see below for a more extensive overview of each wool fibre.

All of our wool is Oeko-Tex certified.

CASHMERE

Prized as ‘the diamond of fibres’, cashmere comes from the fine winter undercoat of the cashmere goat. Our cashmere comes exclusively from Mongolia. The fineness, length and colour of the fibres determine cashmere’s value. Cashmere is stronger and warmer than regular merino wool, which is just one of the many reasons we love it as much as we do.

All of our cashmere fibre is Oeko-Tex certified.

Shop our cashmere styles here

MOHAIR

Mohair creates beautiful texture and has a lovely softness. The smooth fibres of mohair do not irritate the skin, even for people who are sensitive to most wools. One of mohair’s most important qualities is its ability to take wear due to its surface smoothness. It is said to be the most durable animal fibre. It can be twisted and bent without damage; making it great to work with in multiple ways.

It is renewable, durable, resists odours and wicks away moisture, mohair garments resist wrinkling due to the strength of the fibre which is stronger than steel of the same diameter.  Mohair has a unique lustre, this helps creates a soft and feminine texture that we adore working with.

Our mohair yarn is Oeko-Tex certified.

Shop our mohair styles here

PERINO

Perino yarn is exclusively made in New Zealand and is a blend of Super Fine Merino, New Zealand Brushtail Possum and Mulberry Silk. This unique blend is luxuriously light and beautifully soft. These three fibres woven together mean you get the benefits of each in one garment. Possum is said to be 55% warmer than merino and 35% warmer than cashmere.

Possum fur is a hollow structure, unlike wools it doesn’t have scales on it which in turn means that the fibre doesn’t pill from friction.  Adding this to yarn provides superior warmth and durability. The silk properties of Perino also ensure low in any pilling and the breathable warmth that silk provides. 

The merino aspect of the fibre is sourced from both Australia and New Zealand and carries ZQ certification. Read more about that here.

Celebrated as one of the most low-impact fibres to produce, hemp is also one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibres. 
HEMP

Celebrated as one of the most low-impact fibres to produce, hemp is also one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibres. Environmentally, hemp grows easily with little water, usually requires no chemical fertilisers and pesticides and has a high yield - producing more fibre per acre than any other source. It is an extremely fast growing crop, blocks out weeds as it grows and can improve the soil, making it a good ‘break crop’ for farmers.

In terms of wearability and longevity, hemp is naturally resistant to mould and ultraviolet light, more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its colour better than any fabric. Similar to wool, the porous nature of the fabric allows hemp to breathe, so that it is cool in warm weather and naturally warm in cooler weather.

Due to it’s structure, durability and soft texture we enjoy adding linen pieces to our collections.
LINEN

Due to it’s structure, durability and soft texture we enjoy adding linen pieces to our collections. Linen is created from the resilient flax plant, which requires few fertilisers or pesticides and does not need high volumes of water to irrigate.

The best choice for warmer months, linen allows heat to quickly move through the garment meaning you cool off five times quicker in linen than wool, and eighteen times faster than in silk. Thanks to the weave and structure, linen fabric allows more airflow over your body. Using this fabric is in line with our philosophy of longevity in our clothing as it improves with age, and gets naturally softer the more it is worn.

Shop our linen styles here.