WIth a background in fabric making and embroidery, Shankar Dhakshinamoorthy founded Faborg in 2015. After receiving an inquiry about hemp, he began considering creating sustainable fabrics from other plants, including the Calotropis plant (Calotropis gigantea Giant Milkweed) that grows as a weed in dry areas of India. Only five months after harvesting some sample fibers, he made the first fabric using a blend of Calotropis and cotton called “vegan wool” for its wool-like properties.
The Calotropis plant produces two types of hollow cellulose fibers. The pod fibers are lightweight, soft, and have a natural shine. Fabrics made from pod fibers compare with the feel of cashmere. The stem fibers transport the acidic sap of this plant to the pods and leaves. Because of this function, they are very strong and can be used to make durable fabric for upholstery. Faborg processes both types of fiber by hand to ensure quality and durability.
Clothing, window treatments.
Faborg uses a patented mechanical process to create its vegan wool, using a standard blend of 30% Calotropis fibers with 70% organic cotton.