Garments

Did you know that around 80% of a garment’s energy and water use happens after its production? That’s when it’s being washed, dried, ironed, or dry cleaned.

We’re passionate about saving energy, and reducing waste. So we urge our fans to follow the instructions on each Nancybird piece carefully, and only wash a whole garment when necessary, between spot-cleans.

Cotton

Things to know

Cotton is soft, breathable and absorbent - no wonder it is one of the world's most commonly used materials. It is a natural fibre that needs minimal processing after harvesting from the cotton plant.  It takes significant water and pesticide usage to farm, which is why we use organic cotton where we are able to, and hope to move to the use of only organic cotton in our garments in future collections.

Ways to care

  • Warm machine wash
  • Warm iron
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Line dry in the shade

SILK

Things to know

The mulberry silkworm is a remarkable being. To evolve into a silkmoth, it cocoons its body in a single thread of soft, strong and beautifully breathable silk. We use silk from Hangzhou, a region famous for their silk production. In traditional cultures, silk moths have been eaten as a source of protein. And some forms of silk, such as wild silk or Edi Silk, allow the moth to leave to cocoon before processing the filaments. We are using Eri Silk in our SS18/19 collection - and can't wait to show you!

Ways to care

  • Dry clean recommended
  • Silk can be hand washed, but it must be carefully done. If you are unsure we highly recommend dry cleaning
  • If hand washing, use a pH neutral detergent or one recommended for delicates, in cool water
  • Do not wring - shape and dry flat away from direct sunlight
  • Cool iron

LINEN

Things to know

Linen ticks so many great boxes - low water and pesticide use in farming, low processing to create yarn from raw materials, and is beautiful and hard wearing. Not many bad things to say about this one! We love linen and hope to use more of it in future collections.

Ways to care

  • Warm machine wash
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Iron on a warm setting
  • Dry cleanable
  • Line dry away from direct sunlight

LINEN / VISCOSE and LINEN / RAYON

Things to know

These lovely mixes have the texture of linen and lightness and drape of the viscose or rayon. Linen is an excellent choice in terms of water usage to farm and little use of pesticides. Viscose and rayon are both made from cellulose fibres, from wood pulp.

Ways to care

  • Gentle warm machine wash 
  • Iron on a warm setting
  • Dry cleanable

WOOL / SILK

Things to know

One of our favourite natural fibre combinations. Soft, light and warm.

Ways to care

  • Iron on a cool setting
  • Dry clean only

KNITTED MERINO WOOL

Things to know

We use only Australian farmed merino wool (we knit in China, just to be clear). Merino wool is sheared on location (or close by) and sorted for fineness. Processing involves removing all material other than the wool fibres (such as dirt and grass), grading, carding and eventually spinning into yarn. Wool is beautifully warm and moisture resistant, perfect for cooler days.

Ways to care

  • Gentle cool to warm hand wash
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Never wring or hang dry
  • Lay flat to dry and arrange back into the original shape away from direct sunlight
  • Iron on a cool setting
  • Dry cleanable 
  • Always fold your Nancybird knitwear to store, as hanging can cause stretching

TENCEL

Things to know

Tencel is a cellulose fibre made from wood pulp, sourced from FSC approved plantations. It uses a "closed loop" process where there is very close to zero waste - solvents are captured and reused for future processing.

Ways to care

  • Cool gentle machine wash
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Iron on a warm setting
  • Dry cleanable
  • SILK / COTTON

    Things to know

    A wonderful summer weight fabric - light and breezy, and just that little bit more special than a pure cotton. We love the effect of this fabric and have used it often in summer tops.

    Ways to care

  • Cool hand wash
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Line dry away from direct sunlight
  • Iron on a warm setting
  • Dry cleanable