Astro Regenerated Cotton Collection
Made up of almost 80 percent recycled yarn, Alice James' Astro Regenerated Cotton Collection incorporates traditional style, modern techniques and a method that aims to reduce its overall environmental footprint.
As over three quarters of the yarn used in this fabric has already been dyed and sorted by colour, the remaining components of the material (15 percent recycled and 'virgin' polyester and 6 percent other fibre) needs minimal processing before the yarn is used to produce fabric.
In the simplest sense, Astro Regenerated fabric aims to source pre-dyed cotton and wool (from shredded clothes), which eliminates the need for over-dyeing and greatly reduces the amount of water, energy and chemicals needed during production.
Cotton is renowned for its durability and this collection from Alice James is no exception; woven right here in Lancashire using high quality, two-ply double-folded yarn.
As a natural cellulose fibre, cotton is innately hard-wearing and retains its colour well; both essential qualities needed to stand up to modern upholstery.
Aesthetically speaking, the flagship fabric in this range, our signature 'Alice James Check', is the epitome of the whole collection; modern in style, based on traditional designs from the Hargreaves archive, and Lancashire-woven for the ultimate British feel.
The popularity of linen has never faded with discerning designers; the irregularities and slub in the yarn all adding to the overall character of the fabric.
Natural and rustic in appearance, linen is innately durable, making it a wise choice for those in need of a hard-wearing fabric that can withstand some wear and tear, but look all the better for it.
Viscose Chenille Collection
The plush texture of Viscose Chenille makes it a beautifully tactile material to the touch and a highly attractive fabric for soft furnishings.
Also known as Rayon, Viscose is a man-made fibre that was originally invented as a synthetic silk in the late 1800s. As it is made from natural cellulose, Viscose is bio-degradable which makes it a wise choice for anyone environmentally-minded. Furthermore, the natural raw materials used to create Viscose give the fabric a delicacy and lightness that makes it easy to drape.
When combined with Chenille – a type of cotton fabric – Viscose takes on more strength, making it more suitable and durable for upholstery projects.