Every item is supplied lovingly gift wrapped by Anne.
As a Buddhist for over twenty years, it is vital to Anne that the silk worms not suffer. She insists on the principle of ahimsa (non-violence). Traditional silk farmers boil the cocoons to kill the moths and harvest their cocoons. However, Anne favours the rarer and much more expensive – but infinitely more humane – approach whereby moths are allowed to mature and emerge unscathed from their cocoons.
In this process, because the one continuous silk fibre woven by the silkworm has been broken into many smaller strands by the emerging moth, the cocoon is degummed to remove the sericin and then spun like other fibres – such as cotton or hemp – rather than being reeled onto spools in one continuous silk strand. As a result of being spun as a fibre rather than being reeled as a thread, the fabric produced is warmer and softer, yet paradoxically can often be rougher to the touch. However, Anne painstakingly sourced a small factory in Japan that spins bespoke orders of the very finest quality, softest silk from these fibres.
The fabric in Anne’s garments is not coated in softeners, elastomers, synthetic resins, nor has it been subject to chemical treatments that are toxic and contain suspected carcinogens.
Anne considers quality as being crucial to every choice she makes regarding these garments. She feels that producing objects of a high quality that will last for many years amounts to a fundamental contribution to the environment: to manufacture clothing that will be disposed of after a few years of use – no matter how green the process of their manufacture and disposal – misses the point. Ethics and quality should go hand-in-hand... Anne believes that the right approach to this issue is essential to our future.
These elegant pieces will take you from play to the boudoir and beyond - flirty camisoles, dreamy sleepwear, sexy slips and luxurious robes - all constructed from the finest quality silk in a flattering Champagne colour.