The why and How of Flamingo Yoga products

Why Flamingo Yoga Products?

Plastic free
No harmful chemicals
Plastic free products and packaging
Free of PVC, Phthalates and harmful chemicals
Eco friendly, sustainable & biodegradable
Hand made
We give back to the weaving community

Natural materials used in our Yoga accessories

Buckwheat Hulls
Buckwheat hulls

Buck wheat hulls are our choice of filling the Zafu meditation cushions. The hulls are heat treated with Neem leaves prior to filling. No chemicals are used for the processing. 

Buckwheat hulls provides airflow to the cushions and do not retain or emit heat, making it suitable to use in any climate. It conforms to the shape of the body, and  provide good support. 

Kapok
Kapok fibres

Kapok, also known as Silk cotton is taken from the pod of a tropical tree. This soft and plush fibers are air dried and used extensively in filling of cushions. The main advantage of kapok is that it is  lighter than cotton. They retain the shape being a natural product, it is safe for the environment.

Flax seeds & Lavender

Flax seeds being another natural product is our choice for filling our eye pillows. It is not just useful for shutting out the light, but the gentle pressure  it provides on the eyes along with the scent of lavender helps to relieve tension and stress.

Natural Cork

Our blocks are made from 100% cork which is sustainably sourced. They are a natural product taken from the bark of the tree and no trees are cut down in the process. Cork is light, antimicrobial and provides excellent support and are firmer than foam blocks

Natural Cotton
Cotton branch

Our mats, straps and bolster covers are made entirely of 100% natural cotton. Each of our bolsters also comes with an inner lining which is once again 100% cotton. Being a natural product, they are completely biodegradable and a pleasure to use and easier on the skin.

When the idea of bringing environmentally friendly yoga mats and accessories started to take shape, there was one thing we were very keen on: giving back to the community which bring us these products. 


Our initiative is to donate AED 5/ for every purchase made towards the betterment of the weavers.

Making of the Yoga products

Our mats and blankets are handwoven in India. Handloom weaving is an art which is passed down through generations. No electric power is used throughout the making of the mats.. During weaving, two different types of yarns:  warp and weft, are interlaced in the wooden looms.  We underestimate the amount of work that goes into the making of the blankets and yoga mats.  Each blanket can be woven in half a day, and the  yoga mats take around 1-2 days for completion.

 

 Azo free dyes are used for  dyeing of  cotton. This is done  in a small and self contained facility with its own water treatment facility. The water is treated and reused with minimum wastage and no harm to the environment.

 

All the props that we sell through our website comes through these small artisans. Nothing is automated. Each bolster, meditation cushion and  eye pillow are filled individually and the covers are hand stitched by artisans. 

Water treatment plant at the Dyeing Centre

The mini water treatment plant .  After  dyeing, the water is  treated here  and recycled within the facility so as to cause no harm to the environment.

Dyeing process for the cotton yarns

 AZO FREE dyes are used for coloring.  The image does not do justice to the beauty of these dyed cotton yarns.  You can see me in front of the machines, all smiles about the beauty and simplicity of it all.

Cotton wefts

The  cotton wefts  move from side to side in the manual Loom. They are inserted over and under the warps to form the final weave. These wefts are also manually made using little hand made wooden Charkas.

A bundle of beautiful yarns ready to be loomed

 The warps form the lengthwise aspect of the loom and are stronger than the weft

Bringing the threads together to make the warp

All the threads go through the wooden frames and rolled together to make the warp. The next image is a continuation from here.

All these threads are wound together here to make the warp

The Smiling gentleman here manually rotates this wooden frame to get the threads stronger and longer for the warps.

The warp in the loom ready to be woven

 A stationary loom. 

Blanket weaving in progress

Cotton blanket weaving. There is continuous movement of the hands and  feet during the entire weaving process

Trying a hand at weaving

Weaving is a lot of hard work and requires practice and precision.  The artisans work hard day and night to bring forth the beautiful masterpiece which we see and love to own.

With the weavers

Me  with the weavers. They were all very happy to click photos with us in spite of being busy at their work. Their smiles and authenticity is genuine. 

100% Cotton Yoga mat in the making

You can see that the machinery used for the  mats are different when compared to the  blankets pictured above. The mats take longer to finish – anywhere between two to three days of work.

Stitching of the bolster covers

This is within the unit of bolster production, The bolsters and cushions  are manually filled. Here we see the stitching of the Bolster covers which are done with precision by these youngsters.

Cutting and packing area for the bolsters
Cutting and packing area for bolsters

The cotton material is manually cut  by the workers. This is also the packing area for the bolsters

As yoga practitioners, it is important to be mindful of the products we use and what impact it can have on the environment.
One small step towards switching to sustainable products can make a difference. Be willing to make that change and encourage others to do the same. Let us all work towards a better planet, one small step at a time.
                               Say yes to eco friendly yoga products.
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