Cork Fabric Information
Cork? Is it like drink coasters? Isn’t it stiff? How on earth do you sew with it?
Like me, you probably have asked yourself some of these questions, when you hear about cork fabric.
I too had a lot of questions, and as I am going to be using cork fabric in all my bags, I thought that I’d share some information about cork and it’s benefits.
*Cork fabric is an alternative to leather. It’s soft and flexible, not hard or brittle. *
Sometimes referred to as ‘Vegan’, it’s better than leather in so many ways.
*Cork is sustainable, washable, flame retardant, cruelty free, antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. *
Most of the cork fabric comes from Portugal, but the trees also grow in areas of Spain, France, and North Africa.
The Cork Oak tree is the ONLY tree where the bark will grow back. Harvesting doesn’t harm the tree, with harvesting conducted approximately every 7 – 12 years, by experienced workers.
*As with all fabrics, cork can have differing quality. I buy my cork from Portuguese manufacturers, with the highest standards in their manufacturing process. *
Cork fabric comes in a huge range of colours and designs, so your choices are almost endless.
When treated properly, and following care instructions, a bag made from Cork fabric will last a very long time.
*You can wipe your bag with a damp cloth and mild detergent in most cases.
Some bags can even be washed on a gentle cycle in your washing machine. Let air dry.*
Bags made from Cork fabric should NOT be steam pressed or ironed.
I look forward to making my bags in Cork fabric in 2018.
If you see a style of one of my bags and would like to enquire about having it made in Cork fabric, please use the Contact Us page.
Please note that Cork fabric items will be more expensive than those made with cotton fabric.