Photo by permission of Oliveira Textiles featuring the Anemone red fabric design
I would describe Oliveira Textiles’ newly designed organic fabric collection as art imitating life. Their new series, “Ocean,” is fluid, vibrant, and graceful reminding us of Dawn Oliveira’s inspiration, the ocean, in memory of her late fisherman father, who called the sea his office. The Ocean collection can be used for drapes, pillows, and light upholstery.
An Usual Path to Sustainability
Each of us has a defining moment in our lives that causes us to diverge into an unexpected path. Unfortunately, the untimely death of Dawn’s father from cancer, changed twin sisters, Dawn Oliveira and Deborah Olson’s lives forever. This moment in time fast forwarded Dawn’s dream to start her own design company, and brought her home to Rhode Island from a successful designing fashion career in NY.
As a tribute to their father, Dawn and Deborah decided to form Oliveira Textiles combining Dawn’s artistic flare with Deborah’s business acumen.
Many of their family members had suffered bouts with cancer causing the sisters to questions whether or not the chemicals in their lives caused this horrific disease. They decided to create their fabrics from only sustainable sources such as hemp and organic cotton with dyes that were free of harmful chemicals.
Hemp is fast growing and does not require any pesticides. Organic cotton is free of the harmful fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides that are normally used to grow cotton. Their first collection is made of hemp/organic cotton with low impact water based pigment dyes. No toxic chemicals here.
As a result of forming Oliveira Textiles, Dawn has found a new sense of freedom and joy away form the hustle and bustle of her beloved past designer life at Polo, Ralph Lauren, and Dana Buchmann. Finding balance with her family and her work in a place that inspires memories of her childhood on the beach in Rhode Island, has unleashed a new sense of creativity.
Helping this sense of balance is her sister, who is meticulous, detailed, hardworking, and is an integral part of Oliveira Textiles.The two complete each other.
Organic Fabric Reflects Environmental Awareness
As their business has grown, so has their environmental awareness. Simply producing sustainable designs with pigment water based dyes was not enough.
They looked at the creation of the product from being to end and decided that they would seek Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) certification for their upcoming organic 2008 collection.
In order to obtain certification, the end product must meet certain standards. First, certification starts with how the raw materials of the product are harvested. Thereafter, the manufacturing and labeling methods are scrutinized to ensure the product was environmentally and socially responsibility produced.
In addition, the Company is working on making a GOTS standard fiber reactive organic fabric line that can be used for medium to heavy use upholstery. In addition, they will be adding to the Ocean series each year along with creating new collections. As Dawn states, they are committed to constantly improving the quality of their textiles from an environmental as well as consumer standpoint.
Update: True to their words, Oliveira Textiles had added more products. Be sure to check out their additional fabrics.
Where to Buy
The website provides locations where consumers can purchase the Company’s fabric lines. (For the trade, see here.) The fabric retails for $120 to $140 per yard depending on the design. In addition, fabric can be purchased online at Near Sea Naturals and Urban Source Chicago.
Update 01/16/2012: Oliveira has expanded their product line to creat belts, hats, and clothing. You can now purchase the above items along with their pillows on their Etsy site.
The pillows are made in various sizes.
When describing herself, Dawn used the words, committed, diligent, and endlessly creative. As she explained, doing what she loves totally motivates her, a lesson she learned form her father, who was passionate about his life work as a fisherman.
Oliveira Textiles is committed to creating beautiful quality fabrics with the added bonus of being green. The designs of this young company are just like its muse, the ocean.Like waves, each collection will be unique with its own intensity.
Join the Conversation:
- Thoughts about their patterns? Don’t you love their artist touches to the fabric?
- Would you use their fabric in your home?
- How do you feel about the price per yard? Do you chalk it up to being organic so the price is palatable?