Sustainability

In our modern lives today, it seems that virtually  everything around us is machine-made or manufactured. We yearn to hark back to yesteryear, to the simpler times, when things were made by hand, using natural materials. Where every creation has its own unique story.

Frangia’s goal is to bring back this tradition, and celebrate the beauty of materials as nature intended, crafted through the artistic and able hands that have passed down a tradition of craftsmanship from countless generations past. Frangia is proud to present fashionable items that are made by disadvantaged communities, who by creating and selling these amazing products are securing a better future for themselves, their children, and their shared environment.

Most of the materials come from the villages around Mount Merapi, and are either organically grown using sustainable practices or found in the wild.

SISAL (Agave sisalana): a sub-tropical agave plant related to the cactus that yields a stiff fiber. Traditionally used in making twine and rope. JUTE: Strong, durable fiber commonly used for mats and rugs, as they tend to feel rough. Requiring only minimal processing to be turned into usable materials. HEMP: Valued for its durability, insulation, absorption, and mildew resistance. A leading eco-friendly fabric that requires no pesticides or fertilizers. WATER HYACINTH (Eichhornia crassipes): a perennial aquatic plant native to tropical and sub-tropical regions. Popular in traditional handicrafts in Southeast Asia. RECYCLED: Anything that has been made from existing materials, fabrics, metal or fibers. These are often reclaimed or repurposed from previously-made clothing and accessories.
BAMBOO: The world’s fastest growing plant is now made into textile using bamboo pulp. Lightweight, strong, luxurious, cashmere-like, antimicrobial/ anti-fungal. Ideal for active wear. RICE STRAW: Asia’s staple plant gives more than food. Comes from the tall grass that make up the plant that produces rice grains. PANDAN (Pandanus amaryllifolius): Collected in the wild, only young leaves are selected and cut, allowing for natural regeneration. Leaves are sliced into fine strips, woven into mats or twisted into rope. RATTAN: climbing plant, native to Southeast Asia. The flexible and versatile rattan grows up to 600 feet in length without exceeding 1½ inch in diameter! Both the cane and inner reed are used. ABACA: The inner layers of banana tree trunk, which are dried out in the sun, twisted into twines and woven into mats. Widely used for handicraft and furniture.
SEAGRASS: Comes from wild weed found in savannas. Twisted into twines and woven into mats. Durable and flexible. ORGANIC COTTON: Cultivated without toxic chemicals and pesticides, unlike conventional cotton farming. A typical cotton T-shirt uses about 150 grams of toxic pesticides/ insecticides; the size of a cup of sugar. BATIK: Java’s gift to the world. A traditional fabric made with a wax-dye technique. Found across Indonesia, including Bali, Javanese Batik is considered superior in motif, design and fabric selection. LURIK: Another Javanese heritage, traditional woven organic hemp. Most common in stripes of black and brown. New colors have now been introduced. ORGANIC: Natural fibers grown without any pesticides and other toxic materials, preserving our health and the environment. The process of organic growth can be certified by various organizations.

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