In my last post in 2012, which has been way too long ago, I talked about my excitement in working with a great local photographer and friend, Danielle of dKol Photography. She took some time and did a photo expo from start to finish of the Tickety Bu product creation. Many of you have asked to see how I do what I do, how the magic comes alive and what goes into the loveliness that is the Bu, and this is your chance. This is the first in a series of posts about the Bu and how it’s born.
Let’s start where any good story should, at the beginning. And the beginning of every good Bu is, of course, the fabric.
Bamboo luxury comes from a blend of bamboo and organic cotton, milled in a closed loop, which means no chemicals are released into the environment. All the fabric I use is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, which means that it is certified to not contain any harmful substances and it is also certified organic, both the bamboo farm and the fabric itself.
Tickety Bu was founded during a time when I was undergoing significant changes with my family. As a relatively new mom, I rebelled against the conventions of my time. I refused the standards that were popular and was drawn to a more natural way of life. I rid my home of any chemical I could, changed to a whole food based diet, and began to live a more self-sustaining life.
Tickety Bu has been a part of that. From using a fabric that blends high performance with eco-friendly methods, to shipping in re-useable and biodegradable packaging, everything about this brand is as responsible as I can make it.
But back to the fabric. For those who don’t know, bamboo blends are incredibly soft, 4-5 times more absorbent than cotton and thermodynamic, so they breathe, creating warmth in winter and coolness in hot weather. Bamboo is a renewable crop, one that requires little water and no herbicides or pesticides. Bamboo is just a great choice all around, and the best choice for the Bu.
I normally stock a variety of bamboo fabrics for all the Bu products. Bamboo velour, interlock, terry and french terry.
So many fabrics, so much Bu!
Bamboo fabric must be washed and prepped before dyeing.
Bamboo on the roll…. I go through a lot of rolls.