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Alyssa uses old textiles and new organic cotton to create Victorian inspired garments.
Alyssa has studied traditional Chinese Brush-Painting techniques since 2002, using fabric stay paints, she creates one of a kind botanical Vintage inspired art you can wear.
She hopes to create something so unique, it can never be replicated.
She has a range of Victorian inspired Nighties, Bloomers, and Tops all made with Heirloom textiles, French lace, Vintage floral Prints, and 100% natural organic cotton, causing as little impact on the Earth as possible.
The old is new again is a sustainable Ethical Fashion brand which is totally Eco friendly. 🌱
Header photograph taken in 1976 by my Grandmother Jean
« Perhaps you’ve come to tell us, don’t forget, the old is new again, each birth enriching aged ol’ earth. »
– by Richard Work,
from his poem “To Five Day Old Alyssa Jeanne,
from her grandfather whom she hasn’t seen”
These words have stuck with me through the years, in everything I have done, the decisions I have made, the friends I have loved, and my appreciation for the old.
To me it means everything that has come before, should be cherished and remembered; ancestry, heirlooms, books, suitcases, songs,typewriters, letters, paintings,textiles, crockery, photographs. They hold the key to the past, when people past down skills from generation to generation, when objects were artfully crafted with such detail and care, never thrown out, like sadly, many things are today.
We are so quick to look forward, we forget to look back.
Like the sharing of folk songs, or following a family recipe, this world is so full of past beauty we need to share and bring into the present.
We need to create to keep our spirits alive, a bit of ourselves to be remembered by future generations, leaving something behind by sharing it.
What does GOTS – (GLOBAL STANDARD ORGANIC TEXTILES) mean?
This means the cotton has been farmed without toxic chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers and never with genetically modified seeds.
Instead soil is conditioned though crop rotation. Weeds are controlled by physical removal rather than chemical treatment. Insects are controlled by encouraging beneficial insects with companion planting and in turn pests are preyed upon by these beneficial predators.
Conventional (non-organic) cotton is one of the most highly chemical intensive crops on earth. By comparison conventional cotton covers 3% of the earths arable land, yet in production it uses 10% of the world’s agricultural chemicals and 25% of all insecticides.
In time pests build up a resistance to the chemicals used against them, so higher volumes of these toxic treatments need to be used and new pesticides are constantly being developed.
Contamination from these dangerous chemicals enters local waterways, destroying the natural environment, eco-systems and harming animals. In addition to the environmental factors, food and water supplies can also be contaminated from runoff which can ultimately cause disease, mental illness, sickness and birth defects in local communities.