About our Process
Simka Sol's emphasis on sustainable fashion is the cornerstone of what I believe. From illustrating to printing to shipping I try to make as small a footprint as we can.
>< HAND PRINTED - HAND ILLUSTRATED ><
All of my items are drawn and printed by hand. Hand printing means a direct connection from the artist to the garment to the buyer. Hand Illustrated means good old fashioned pen and pencil designs by me, Sara, no clip art ever, yuck. This artisan way of design and manufacturing allows for attention to detail, small batch limited items and a direct artist to buyer relationship.
>< ECO-FRIENDLY INKS ><
I use water based eco-friendly inks which contain no harmful VOC's, PVC or any other harmful toxic substances, making them safe for environment as well as the user, which means superb prints and a safe working environment.
>< SUN EXPOSED SCREENS ><
Since learning how to screen print I've modified the process and made it my own by exposing my screens in the daytime sun, which eliminates the need for uv exposure units and electricity. This process which is so dependent on the environment has helped me slow down in a fast paced "now" world, take a deep breath and appreciate what nature gives us as natural tools.
>< SUSTAINABLY SOURCED AND MANUFACTURED FABRICS ><
I am excited to announce that I offer USA milled fabrics as well as certified imported organic blends, harvested and manufactured under strict environmental and Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production guidelines. Our organic offerings are fully certified by IMO, Control Union, OCIA, NOP or Ecocer and and dyed with low impact, fiber reactive dyes. Imported organic blends are manufactured in mills where workers operate in a well maintained, healthy and safe environment; they are well trained for their jobs; they are treated with respect; they are paid fairly and are provided with health insurance, sick and maternity leave benefit. No child labor is used.
Majority of our fabrics are milled in the USA and are noted as to which on product pages. We order our fabric in large quantities to reduce our shipping footprint and in order to offer a continual and consistent product. Our t-shirt blanks are USA sweatshop free American Apparel which are made in downtown LA.
All of our handmade garments are sewn 10 feet from where they are hand printed in my studio.