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Natural Screen Printing by Jammin Handprints

Have you ever wondered about how your clothes get to have those nice lovely colours, designs or prints on them?  All dying of clothing and screen printing are not the same.  We use natural fabrics so if we are going to get screen printing done on these lovely bamboo, cotton or organic cotton fibers, then we must make sure the dyes are natural also. Award winning printers here on the Sunshine Coast - Jammin Handprints use natural inks and dyes.  Our clothing they use a brand called Colormaker who have many products including the Permaset Aqua that is used here.  Firstly Colourmaker Industries are an Australian and family owned business since 1958 and Jammin Handprints are a multi-award winning, textile...

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The Mandala - The Lotus

While many spiritual techniques for reaching peace require nothing in particular except an open mind, some meditation and centering methods call for focusing on a piece of artwork.  You can meditate with any design you find inspiring and easy to focus on.  However, there are certain designs with a long history of this kind of use.  A Mandala is a design dating back to ancient India that is used as a meditation, teaching or healing tool.  Each Hindu or Tibetan mandala is different,  but many of the Indian versions feature the classic Lotus Blossom. To Buddhists of all traditions, the lotus is a symbol of rising out of the material world and into spiritual union with the entire universe, also...

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Toxins - what are PFCs?

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is concerned about a chemical added to clothing, this is called PFC (perfluorinated chemicals) which include the non-stick additive Teflon.  These chemicals are increasingly being added to clothing because it makes them last longer and also can make them wrinkle-free.  most clothing labelled "no-iron" contains PFCs.  They say these PFCs are cancer-causing compound.  However, "no-iron" and "wrinkle-free" pants have become a popular part of many schools' compulsory uniforms..  Hardly the thing you like to send your child off to school in. Without knowing it, parents are exposing their children to toxic chemicals in clothing that could have serious future consequences for their health and the environment. Do some research yourself and see what you come up...

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How to avoid chemicals in your clothes

Here are 4 helpful hints on how to avoid chemicals in your clothing.  There will always be some form of chemical in your clothing as they are used in every area of process, however these tips can be useful. 1   Wash and dry synthetic fabrics three times before wearing them, better still dont buy clothing that is made from polyester or nylon.   2   Do not use convention dryer sheets as they are loaded with toxic chemicals. An excellent alternative is Static Eliminator, a reusable dryer sheet system  with woven sheets that take static cling out and soften fabric without toxic chemicals. 3   Avoid dry cleaning your clothes, perchloroethylene is a chemical most widely used in dry cleaning, it is a...

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