PO-EM uses textiles that are hand-spun and handwoven from natural fibers. Natural dyes are used alongside traditional methods of artisan design such as block printing, weaving and resist-dying. Textile works are proudly made in partnership with established cooperatives and workshops in India, Guatemala and Mexico. PO-EM strives to both celebrate and support handmade industries and also to offer a poetic connection to sustainable goods 𓈌
PO-EM textiles arrive minimally treated, over time with washes and wear, the textile softens considerably and “breaks in”. It is recommended to wash the garment prior to wearing - this is especially true for indigo (to help minimize any dye-to-skin transfer). If your piece is naturally dyed, it is important to spot test your detergent in a hidden area prior to washing.
Machine /or/ hand wash cold. Machine dry /or/ hang in shade to dry. Do not dry clean any PO-EM textile. Do not spot clean dyed garments - this may cause uneven dye areas (we recommend to soak the item before washing). We recommend the detergent Tide free & natural as we have seen no contraindications to any of our natural dye shades. Textiles may have a small amount of shrinkage when put into a high heat dryer. If you love the fit upon arrival, it is recommended to hang dry or wash in cold, with low dryer settings.
Garments & textiles are easily mended and altered. If you need to make adjustments, please find a local dry cleaner/tailor that does alterations and you can adjust any piece to make it perfect for you, this includes: taking in/out waistbands, adjusting lengths, and changing necklines.
Natural dyes are amazing and beautiful, but they need a little extra care to avoid contraindications:
⋮ Please avoid getting citrus juice and/or using citrus-enzyme based detergents, especially for tan, grey, browns and red as it can cause uneven dye areas.
⋮ Please spot test detergents and deoderant on any tan and reds.
⋮ Natural dyes are “alive” and will continue to evolve in shading as the garment ages.
⋮ An excellent way to refresh an old piece is overdye. We love a good indigo dye, and it usually looks great on any color base. This can also help cover any stains on beloved pieces!