Tuesday, November 6, 2012

OT Trunk Show

Oliveira Textiles Trunk Show Details - click here

We will have all of our Pillows and Accessories, along with select Furniture on display and ready to purchase at the lovely Candita Clayton Gallery

Come visit us and do some sustainable shopping!
Candita Clayton Gallery
Hope Artiste Bldg
999 Main Street / Unit 105
Pawtucket, RI 02906
401- 533-8825
Saturday Nov 10 & Sunday November 11
10:00am to 4:00pm

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Eco Data - For All The Designers, Customers, and Students Who Often Ask.

Manufacturer Name:

Manufacturer Description:
Oliveira Textiles is a design studio focused on producing sophisticated, contemporary, environmentally considerate fabrics that combine fine design with sustainable materials by working with like-minded, certified production partners who are in line with our company’s mission.
*Our desire to promote organic and sustainable fabrics stemmed from several family illnesses which could not be sourced and a need to see cleaner methods of production in an industry renowned for chemically intense applications.

Materials: Sustainable/Organic Interior Fabrics
100% Hemp, and 55/45% Hemp-Organic Cotton blend

Material Description:
    • 100% hemp twill grown and woven in China.
    • 55/45 hemp/organic cotton twill grown and woven in China & Turkey
    • 60/40% Hemp/Silk grown & woven in China
    • 100% organic hemp herringbone grown and woven in Romania
Environmental Properties:
Hemp is a cellulosic fiber and is one of the longest, strongest, natural fibers on earth. Traditionally it was grown for its long bast fibers used for producing clothing, linens, ropes and sails. Today the potential applications are many. Due to the low environmental impact of its cultivation, many considerate it a crop for the future. With proper cultivation it can be grown without the need for chemical pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Hemp is naturally biodegradeable.
Organic Cotton agriculture prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemical pesticides and fertilizers, as well as genetically modified organisms. It seeks to build biologically diverse agricultural systems, replenish and maintain soil fertility and promote a healthy environment. Oliveira Textiles offers this fiber as an alternative to conventional cotton which requires large amounts of water, pesticides and herbicides to grow.

How is it used?
Oliveira Textiles offers these beautiful, healthy fabrics to the interior design trade and the general consumer as well... Some suggested uses are; upholstery, window treatments, accessories such as pillows, duvet covers, upholstered headboards etc.. The contemporary and bold colorways are at home in both the urban loft or seaside cottage. Event planners are also using the fabrics for table coverings.

Fabric Care Instructions:
Due to the absence of chemicals in the finishing process, our fabrics should be professionally cleaned. We, of course recommend using an organic dry cleaner whenever possible. Machine washing is not recommended as it will cause fading to occur. A gentle hand wash (no scrubbing) is also a good alternative to dry cleaning and please note that we recommend our natural fabrics for indoor use.

Most of our customers use and recommend washing rather than dry cleaning for hemp fabrics. (However; dry cleaning is recommended for cleaning slip-covers, draperies and other home furnishing item, due to potential for shrinkage in long pieces). Be gentle when laundering hemp: use a gentle wash cycle or hand wash and use just a little gentle soap. We like Ivory Snow (powder), but some people swear by Woolite, some people like Orvus Quilt Soap, and some even use their favorite shampoo! Whatever you use, follow the package directions. Place delicate hemp articles in a lingerie bag before putting them into a washing machine. Use cold to warm, not hot, water. Wash colored hemp in cold water. One cup of white vinegar in the rinse water removes all traces of soap and leaves fabrics smelling fresh. Launder stains when fresh. If allowed to set, stains may be permanent. We recommend that you don't use bleach, but if you do, use oxygen bleaches (hydrogen peroxide) for bleached or semi-bleached hemp. Chlorine bleaches can cause yellowing and damage the fabric and should be avoided. If hand washing, rinse very thoroughly. Removal of all soap will help prevent large brown spots on hemp, which are caused by oxidation of cellulose by residual soap.
Several drying methods are recommended for hemp - line drying, drying flat, machine drying, rolling in terry towels, or drying on the lawn! Line drying in the sun is best, yet impractical in many instances. When machine drying - watch the time! Over drying will result in broken fibers and threads. When Line drying or drying flat, be sure spread or stretch the fabric to avoid wrinkles as the fabric dries. Tumble dry on low heat setting until slightly damp. Remove immediately and press smooth with warm iron. Whatever method you use, bring the hemp in while it is still damp. If hemp dries thoroughly, it may become brittle, taking several hours to recover its natural moisture and flexibility. Don't wring wet or damp hemp before drying, it breaks the yarn fibers down and creates unnecessary wrinkles.
Ironing is often optional when dried flat or tumbled at low heat. Ironing hemp is a great deal easier if you do it when the hemp is damp. And if hemp is removed from drying while still damp and ironed immediately, it is easier still. If ironing the fabric when completely dry, dampen the fabric thoroughly and iron on medium to high heat. Steam ironing dry hemp is less effective and requires more effort. Use spray starch (if desired) and iron with lots of steam at a medium-to-hot setting.
Iron on the wrong side first, then on the right side to bring out the sheen, especially in light-colored hemp. Iron darker hemps on the wrong side only. Heavier fabrics may need a slightly higher temperature setting. Hemp can withstand the highest temperature setting on your iron. Iron hemp until smooth but not dry. Once wrinkles are gone, hang the hemp item until it is bone dry. When ironing embroidered hemp, keep the embroidery stitches rounded and dimensional by pressing item on the wrong side atop a soft towel. Use a press cloth to safeguard delicate lace and cutwork. A press cloth also helps to avoid press marks over seams, hems and pockets. Place a table next to the ironing board when ironing large tablecloths. Roll finished sections of the cloth over the table rather than letting it pile up under the ironing board. Minimize creasing ironed tablecloths by rolling them around a tube or hanging them. When traveling, do not try to steam out wrinkles; wrinkles must be pressed out with an iron. Dampen the hemp first.
Dry Cleaning
is recommended for cleaning slip-covers, draperies and other home furnishing items, due to the potential for shrinkage in long pieces and custom cut and sewn pieces Dry cleaning solvents do not swell natural fibers such as hemp, linen, wool, silk cotton or jute so there is very little shrinkage, pilling or wrinkling in those fabrics when dry cleaned. Water penetrates these fibers readily causing swelling and thus produces dimensional changes and pilling which are in some cases are irreversible. If dry cleaning is the method of cleaning used, it is important to point out spots so the dry cleaner can pre-treat the stain correctly. Ask whether solvents are regularly changed. If white linens turn gray or yellow, it may be an indication that the solvents need to be replaced.

How is it made?
The basic processes involved in creating hemp and cotton fabrics are:

1. growing and harvesting the crop 
2. separating the fibers 
3. spinning and weaving these fibers into yarn
4. cleaning and softening 5. dyeing and finishing

* Our organic hemp is grown in Romania using old world methods of water retting, breaking, scutching, and hackling producing a long fiber that is spun and then woven. No chemicals are used in the processes and no finishes are applied.
* Our printing mills are based in the US.
* Oeko-Tex approved, fiber reactive dyes are used in the printing process, as well as water-based,
heavy-metal free pigment dyes (commonly referred to as low-impact)
* Our organic cotton (blended with Chinese hemp) is grown in Turkey using organic methods of production and supplied by a US wholesaler. 

What forms do the Materials come in?
These textiles are sold by the yard and in finished 20” pillows. They can be purchased through our studio at Oliveira Textiles, 219 High Street, Bristol, RI 02809, 401-396-9194-p 401-753-6651-f, 917-523-3986-cell, info@oliveiratextiles.com

Technical Specifications: 5 Fabric qualities (we will be adding/supplementing new ground cloths in early 2012)
  • Romanian 100% certified organic hemp herringbone 62” wide goods, 60” printed area, 13.5oz, natural and semi bleached with hydrogen peroxide
  • Chinese 100% hemp twill 60” wide goods, 54” printed area, 12.5 oz, semi-bleached with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Chinese 55/45% hemp/org cotton twill 60” wide goods, 54” printed area, 10.5 oz, semi-bleached with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Chinese 60/40% hemp/silk hemp plain 46” wide goods, 44” printed area, 8.5 oz, semi-bleached with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Chinese 100% hemp linen, plain 58” wide goods, 52” printed area, 5.8 oz, semi-bleached with hydrogen peroxide.

11 Patterns currently in our collection – pattern repeat sizes are as follows:

1. Anemone ----------- 27”v. x 27”h. half-drop, one-way, 54” printed area
2. Shellgame --------- 27”v. x 18”h. square, two way, 54” printed area
3. Wavelength ------- 18”v. x 27”h. square, two way, 54” printed area
4. Madeira Vine ------ 27”v. x 18”h. square, one way, 58” printed area
5. Paradise ------------ 22.7”v x 16.2”h square, one-way, 57.5” printed area
6. Planktivore --------- 27”v x 27”h square, one-way, 58” printed area
7. New Madeira Vine--- 20.12”v x 26.16”h, square, one-way, 58” printed area
8. Ripple Effect ----- 5.9”v x 10.4”h square, two-way (small scale pattern), 58” printed area
9. Spiral Tide --------- 4.1”v x 10.275”h. square, one-way, 42” printed area
10. Kelp Me------------ 6.2”v x 10.2”h square, one-way, 55” printed are 
11. Kelp Me Grande w/ Fish--19.8”v x 12.28”h square, one-way, 55” printed area

1. HH119 Anemone WildPlum, 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 13.5 oz, natural grnd (lt beige)
2. HH118 Anemone StormGrey, 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 13.5 oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
3. HH117 Anemone SunOrange, 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 13.5 oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
4. HOC104 Anemone RedCoral, 55/45 Chinese hemp cotton twill, 10.5oz cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
5. HOC105 Anemone MysticBlue, 55/45 Chinese hemp cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
6. HOC106 Anemone Seaweed 55/45 Chinese hemp cotton twill, 10.5 oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
7. H108 Shellgame Crimson, 100% Chinese hemp twill, cream 12.5oz, (hydr peroxide) grnd
8. H107 Shellgame Navy, 100% Chinese hemp twill, 12.5oz, cream (hydr peroxide) grnd
9. H109 Shellgame Moss, 100% Chinese hemp twill, 12.5 oz, cream (hydr peroxide) grnd
10. HOC111 Shellgame Crimson, 55/45 Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz,cream grnd (hydr peroxide) 
11. HOC110 Shellgame Navy, 55/45 Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
12. HOC112 Shellgame Moss 55/45 Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr
13. H102 Wavelength RedTide, 100% Chinese hemp twill, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
14. H101 Wavelength Ultramarine, 100% Chinese hemp twill, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxi)
15. H103 Wavelength Verde 100% Chinese hemp twill, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)
16. HH121 Madeira Vine ShaleSand 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 12.5oz, natural grnd (lt beige)
17. HH120 Madeira Vine Marigold 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
18. HH124 Paradise Azure Blue 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
19. HH125 Planktivore Azure-Lime 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
20. HH126 Ripple Effect Pale Emerald Gr 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
21. HH127 New Madeira Vine Calypso Pink 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
22. HH128 New Madeira Vine Citron 100% Romanian hemp herringbone, 12.5oz, cream grnd (hydr peroxide)
23. HS131 Spiral Tide Blue Ice 60/40% Chinese hemp/silk, 8.5oz, cream grnd (hydra perox)
24. HS132 Spiral Tide Green Ice 60/40% Chinese hemp/silk, 8.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)                                        25. HS134 Planktivore Coral Reef 60/40% Chinese hemp/silk, 8.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)                                     26. HOC135 KelpMe Moss 55/45% Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)                                                                                                                   27. HOC136 KelpMe Tangerine 55/45% Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)
28. HOC137 KelpMe MysticBlue 55/45% Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)
29. HOC138 KelpMe Grande w/ Fish Moss 55/45% Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)
30. HOC139 KelpMe Grande w/ Fish Tang. 55/45% Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)
31. HOC140 KelpMe Grande w/ Fish Myst Bl. 55/45% Chinese hemp/org cotton twill, 10.5oz, cream grnd (hydr perox)

100% hemp herringbone fabric grown and woven in Romania
Number of certificate 007/2007
Certified partner COD: RO/1795
S.C. Canna International S.R.L.-The partner has a valid contract with Ecoinspect Romania
Standard UE 2092/91 EU Council Regulation 2092/91

These goods meet the human-ecological requirements of the standard presently established for baby articles. The certified articles fulfill the requirements of the existing European legislation regarding the use of azo-dyes. Products carrying the "Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label have been tested using 100 criteria to ensure that there are no hazardous substances. All textile products from field to garment (fiber, yarn, fabric, accessory or clothing plus finishings) may be certified. Twelve member institutes and their agencies from Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States comprise the Oeko-Tex association. Their specifications are based on current scientific knowledge of human ecology, clothing physiology and associated fields and are generally more rigorous than individual nation's standards.
Here are a few parameters of Oeko-Tex 100 certification:
· Azo dyestuffs; 
· Carcinogenic and allergy-inducing dyestuffs; 
· Formaldehyde; 
· Pesticides; 
· No chlorinated phenols; 
· Chloro-organic carriers; 
· Extractable heavy metals; 
· Nickel; 
· Phthalates in baby articles; 
· Color-fastness; 
· pH-value; 
· Butyl tin compounds (TBT and DBT); 
· Emissions of volatile components; 
Testing Results for Ocean Collection Pigments;
AATCC 8: Colorfastness to Crocking, 4.5 dry, 3.0 wet
Class 5 = No Color Transfer, Class 1 = High degree of transfer
CPSIA 101: Lead Testing, Pass <4ppm font="font" nbsp="nbsp">
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ASTM 5034: Tensile Strength–lbs. warp, 335.1 fill, 218.1
AATCC 16Light-fastness: passes- class 5 at 20hrs, class 5 at 40hrs, class 4 at60hrs

Home testing of Ocean Collection’s colorfastness: swatches were placed outdoors from March-April during heavy rains, light sun, cold temperatures (30-45 degrees F), and no change was seen in color or fading. We have also hand washed, gently machine washed and organically dry cleaned the fabrics with good results. Fabric does become softer with washing. We highly recommend organic, 'perc-free' dry cleaning when possible.
Dawn Oliveira
Oliveira Textiles
219 High Street
Bristol, RI 02809

Monday, June 4, 2012

Sarah's Photos

My very adept Intern Sarah, has taken some lovely 'instagram' pics in and around Bristol, R.I.…yes this is a lovely seaside town that we have chosen to live and grow our business in….enjoy. (btw-that's Sarah doing the handstand, not me)


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Regatta Collection

If you've been following our story since 2007, you've noticed that from the beginning our patterns have been decidedly sea inspired....appropriate since my relocation to the Ocean State, as a result, however, interior designers have consistently inquired about taking our fabrics outdoors.  Regretfully I have always had to say no, since our ground cloths have been woven from natural fibers like hemp, organic cotton, and silk. They would simply not stand up to the rigors of New England weather. Well it's time to bring the inside outside via our new, printed, recycled polyester fabric, offering both coastal style and seasonal durability, they will be made available in our regatta-navy / tango-orange colorways as shown above. These fabrics are colorfast and will look bright for years withstanding Rhode Island's temperamental summers

With Newport only a stones throw away, the time is right for the new Regatta Collection to make it's debut in R.I's resort city. We will be posting again in the very near future with dates for our launch.
Thank you for visiting Oliveira Textiles today!
Cheers to Summer

Bowens Warf

Friday, May 25, 2012

Green Textiles for Home and Apparel / RISD-CE

I'll be teaching an upcoming class at RISD through their Continuing-Ed dept. It's called Green Textiles for Home and Apparel. Thursdays June 14 - July 19 from 6:30 - 9:30. Students in this course engage in design with environmental concerns at the forefront. Spaces still available. I'd like to encourage each student to explore with me,  the digital printing process throughout the 6 weeks, along with a lot of discussion on what makes a textile sustainable. - The 'take-home' piece will be your design on a yard of printed organic cloth.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A New Perspective: A Word From Our Interns

My name is Keri Topshe. I am a Junior and Marketing Major/Communications Minor at Roger Williams University here in Bristol, Rhode Island. Interning for Dawn at Oliveira Textiles has been a profound experience. It was my first experience working for not only a textile company, but an eco-conscious company as well. Coming from a school such as Roger Williams University, which was just rated in the Princeton Reviews for top "Green Colleges," I acknowledge that sustainability is a very important factor to consider in the world of business. As my research on sustainability and other related subjects increased, so did my interest. My favorite role in the experience was exploring Eco-friendly websites for facts and news that relate to the business of Oliveira Textiles. This research helped me understand the importance of corporate responsibility. Researching topics for my social media postings helped to introduce me to sustainable ideas outside of the norm. Not only was my web research a learning experience but also seeing how Oliveira Textiles’ business works down to the core was a great way to experience a small entrepreneurship. One day I hope to open my own business. Although I do not plan to be in the textile industry, assisting a small business venture really gave me a better grasp of the challenges faced by a start-up. It really amazes me how much Dawn Oliveira accomplishes in Oliveira Textiles' tiny studio, and how big of a difference Oliveira Textiles' mission could make for our planet.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A New Perspective: A Word From Our Interns

North Campus Residence Hall:  The newest, sustainably designed housing built in 2009

My name is Elizabeth Crupi and I am a Junior studying Marketing and Dance at Roger Williams University. I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours a week this semester at Oliveira Textiles which is just down the street from campus. I can honestly say I have never been a part of such a sustainable business, one that spans from operation to output. From the research I did on “green living”, to what I learned from being at Dawn Oliveira’s shop, I have obtained a greater grasp on the concept of sustainability. Since sustainability is such a broad concept I was truly taken aback when learning the lengths that Oliveira Textiles goes through to produce and distribute an entirely “green” business and product. After understanding the effort required to allow for a sustainable business my job became that much more enjoyable. As a marketing intern I was responsible for all social media outlets, and it was nice to know that the business I was working to promote was working to help our planet! I was so happy to lend my knowledge of marketing to such an environmentally conscious business, and feel I learned just as much as possible in the brief two months I spent with Dawn Oliveira, which is important to me as a student.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day April 22, 2012

April 22, 2012 signifies the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day! This year's theme is "Mobilize the Earth." Earth Day originated in 1970 in efforts to make the public conscious of air and water pollution. This first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. In 1990 Earth Day went global bringing environmental issues onto the world stage and mobilizing 200 million people. Now, this weekend on April 22, 2012 the "Mobilize the Earth" campaign is simply saying the earth can't wait and now is the time to act. This is the world's largest-ever environmental movement and every small act counts. So what can you do to contribute to a sustainable future? To start, you can simply turn off your computers and television sets and organize a hike or bike outing. Get outside and appreciate the beautiful earth that may not be here forever if we do not take action. To make an even bigger difference, you can organize a park clean up or tree planting. Here at Oliveira Textiles we choose all organic and sustainable materials to create our designs. Every small act counts. Take action now so we can enjoy this beautiful earth for years to come.

For more information on Earth Day 2012

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

T4T: Sustainable Answer to Textile Recycling

The recycling of fabrics and scraps is one of the many ways we can promote sustainability in the apparel and textile industry.

 For Image and More Please Visit: http://www.sustainable-fashion.com/

In the past however, time, cost and technology have not been on our side. With the growing importance of sustainability not only in our industry, but in the world, companies are working to remedy this issue. T4T (Textiles for Textiles) is an EU-funded and partnered project with the KICI Foundation; a Dutch non-commercial organization that collects post-consumer textiles. This collaboration was established to create the T4T textiles sorting project working to improve and more efficiently recycle post-consumer textiles. Here in the US a Sustainable Apparel Coalition has been launched "aiming to put a spotlight on promising technological innovations, and develop effective uses for textile waste." Sustainability is a global issue though and it is reassuring to know other countries are being proactive in this effort as well. 
Many sorting companies today only bother with “good quality fabrics.” The issue with this is that textile waste is growing larger. So what is T4T going to do differently? The machinery being developed has the ability to sort materials based on various components including: fiber composition, color, and chemical composition, all in a matter of seconds. The device segments the materials into piles based on the stated factors, encouraging what would normally be considered waste, to be used as raw material.           

While this T4T machinery certainly has the capability to promote sustainability and the recycling of fabrics, it is important to note that other proactive approaches do exist. “It is much harder to develop equipment to recycle textiles, rather than make them more eco-friendly to begin with.”  

This concept is one that we at Oliveira Textiles uphold. Hemp, our favorite fiber is not only very resistant to degradation from mold, bacteria, salt water, sunlight, abrasion, and chemicals, but also fully biodegradable.  We work to promote and produce sustainable, organic fabrics that are free of harsh chemicals like phthalates and formaldehyde, to not only make recycling in this industry safer and more sustainable, but to make our everyday lives sustainable as well!

To read more about the innovation of the T4T and the recycling process in the apparel world visit: Just-Style.com

For more information about hemp: http://www.thehia.org/