canary clothes care

All Canary clothes can be machine washed and dried, in any temperature.

They will not shrink.

Because the fabrics are organic, any manufacturing finishes are water-soluble and rinse out. They do not contain formaldehyde or other harsh chemicals and permanent resins typically used on non-organic clothing.

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hemp underwear

Canary underwear comes in unbleached, undyed 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton jersey. The same styles are also available in 100% organic cotton jersey grown and milled in the USA.

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These ones are hemp jersey lo-rise brief-shorts, with a latex-free elastic waist.

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The same cut is also made with an organic cotton tape waistband and buttoned opening, completely free of elastic and synthetic. There’s a hi-rise version, too.

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These are extra-low brief shorts with latex-free elastic. All styles have a gusset lined with organic cotton, and are sewn with 100% cotton thread.

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The panties have no elastic around the leg openings, just a flat band of fabric. These are hi-rise, with a latex-free elastic waist. Super comfy.

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And the men’s trunks with latex-free elastic waist.

Canary fabrics never have any added lycra. Everything is machine washable and will not shrink.

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organic camisoles and panties

Canary’s dye-free, USA grown and milled organic cotton camisoles are pre-shrunk and sewn with 100% cotton thread.

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This one has a v-neck trimmed with organic cotton lace, and fits close to the body. Find more details in the CanaryShop listing.

Match with panties in the same organic cotton jersey, these are hi-rise with a wide latex-free elastic waistband.

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The leg opening is finished with a band of fabric (no elastic), stitched to stay flat with wearing and washing. They also come in lo-rise and bikini cuts. See more pictures and sizing info in the CanaryShop.

All Canary garments are hand-crafted in Canada, and fully machine washable.

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Dundas/Hamilton band The Dirty Nil’s Luke Bentham got in touch a few weeks ago about making a shirt. Here’s the results!!

Luke wins the Juno!!!

Using dyed fabric was the one down side but anyways….we started on a design and ordered some nice Japanese cotton.

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Luke talked about a lightning bolt and I got out my Manuel Cuevas book to check out this suit, made for REM’s Mike Mills. He told me about going to Manuel’s shop in Nashville, meeting the Master himself, and trying on some of the State Jackets that are in the book too.

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We also looked at the skull on an early Manuel, and the pinnacle, Gram Parsons’ poppy suit, made by Manuel while he was still working at Nudie’s in Hollywood.

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Manuel, still working at 83, has done so many iconic looks, from The Man in Black, to Dwight Yoakum’s piped boleros and ripped skinny jeans, and years of collaborations with his friend, westernwear and old time country music champion Marty Stuart.

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Somehow (LOL) The MC5 came up and the white panther, symbol of the alt-left movement in the late 60s.

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This is the Cornely A5 chainstitch embroidery machine that I got in Detroit, which is of course the MC5’s home town.

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Most of the embroidery is done with natural organic cotton thread.

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After a few late nights, Luke and Parkside came to pick it up. Next thing, he’s winning awards and hanging out with Kiefer Sutherland.

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Kiefer’s father Donald grew up in the town I’m from, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Not far from where Nudie suit pioneer Hank Snow was from.

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Kick out the jams!

the virtues of organic cotton

       

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Organic designation carries a lot of significance. It promises virtues that are tangible and desirable but generally invisible. Labelling claims range from legitimate to unregulated, creating a consumer landscape filled with a mix of reality, good intentions and greenwashing.

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Certifications like GOTS and Oeko-Tex apply to textiles. They are helpful for many reasons. Their guidelines are vast and continue to evolve. Consumers are responsible for knowing what they mean, including, for instance, that products can be certified which are not 100% organic, or even 100% natural fibres.

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To further complicate matters, some textiles also use food-oriented certification logos like USDA or OSA.

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It’s also important to know that nothing prevents garment manufacturers from using generic logos like these, which can mean anything from “legitimately organic” to “buyer beware”.

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“The organic cotton difference”  post also shows some of the ways organic cotton differs from ‘conventional”. Because of various information campaigns, consumer interest, and adverse health effects, awareness of things like formaldehyde being routinely coated onto non-organic fabric is increasing.

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It is rather incredible but hardly unbelievable to see labels like this:

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It’s not just the wrinkle-free fabrics that are saturated with toxins designed to never wash out. A 2015 Swedish study found that even organic cottons can contain problematic dyes and finishes, practices that pretty much negate the whole purpose of organic. This is not surprising, as many organic clothes are dyed, printed, and made in unregulated facilities that also produce non-organic goods.

In theory, “organic” is supposed to indicate less toxic processes from seed to fabric, and then, from fabric to finished garment.

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The two main advantages of organics are the same for both food and textiles: environmental impacts of production (including the health and well-being of workers), and health benefits for consumers who use the products. The Textile Exchange’s 2014 “Life Cycle Assessment of Organic Cotton Fibre” shows substantial differences in carbon footprint and water use in organic production.

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The health benefits of organic diet and farming were the focus of a 2017 Harvard School of Public Health report. Similar principles apply to textiles and clothing. While most textile research and initiatives focus on environmental concerns, like Greenpeace’s Toxic Threads campaign, others, like the Stockholm study, are about human health problems directly caused by toxins in clothes.

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Given the large number of substances and variables involved, it’s practically impossible to quantify the total health effects of clothing. The most measurable are different kinds of contact allergy reactions to textiles, found mostly in occupational statistics and journal articles like this one from 2015.

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Anecdotally, textile dermatitis is on the rise, and often misdiagnosed or dismissed. My own dye allergy was incorrectly assessed at first, and eventually diagnosed as one of the worst ever seen by a dermatologist who also works at a prominent occupational health clinic. One upside of this debilitating condition was having the ability to make my own clothes, which I combined with a longtime interest in organic fibres and environmental impacts of textile production to make the Canary brand.

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With organic clothing not always being accessible or practical for everyone, focusing on inner layers next to the skin is the best way to get its health benefits. Canary’s undergarments have the added virtue of being dye-free, and being sewn (by me) in a chemical-free workshop with all-cotton thread. It is a non-pharmaceutical prescription for my allergies to create clothing with these beautiful and pure materials.

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