Are Bamboo Sheets Better Than Cotton Sheets? Pros & Cons of Both

Are Bamboo Sheets Better Than Cotton Sheets? Pros & Cons of Both

If you’re in the market for your next set of bed linens, our team compared bamboo vs cotton sheets to give you a transparent look at each choice to help you make an educated decision!
April 06, 2021 — Taylor Shuck
Terracotta: Our New Hand-Dyed Cutch Dye Collection

Terracotta: Our New Hand-Dyed Cutch Dye Collection

Our new cutch-dye collection is now live! This beautiful selection of terracotta bamboo and lace fabrics is naturally hand-dyed from the wood of ancient cutch trees. We contracted a local maker in Kansas City near us, Alyx Jacobs, to dye the entire collection by hand.

We love the natural color shades in the collection and know you will too! Learn all about this natural dye, its rich and beautiful history, and why it’s one of our favorite collections to date.

What is cutch?

In general terms, cutch is a type of wood. Cutch comes from a small, thorny tree that is native to Asia. These trees have yellow flowers, leaflets and small thorns. 

cutch tree for cutch dye

The wood itself is a rich, soft brown color that many people associate with the traditional color of terracotta. 

Cutch comes from a small thorny tree of the Leguminosae family and it is native to Asia. The leaves consist of multiple pairs of leaflets and the flowers are yellow and mimosa-like. The trees are cut after 30 years of growth.

In many ancient traditions, cutch has been used for a variety of purposes, including for medicinal purposes. For medicine, parts of the tree such as the twigs, bark, and wood are used to treat digestion issues or as an astringent for pain, bleeding, and inflammation.

Because of its rich history, cutch goes by many names depending on where you’re located and what you’re using it for.

Other names include: 

  • Catechu
  • Black cutch
  • Cachou
  • Cashoo
  • Terra Japonica, or Japan earth
  • Katha (Hindi) 
  • Kaath (Marathi) 
  • Khoyer (Assamese and Bengali) 
  • Kachu (Malay)

Cutch dye

Cutch dye has been used in India since ancient times. The dye is made from soaking the wood in hot water until it reaches a sort of syrupy consistency. That syrup is then cooled and pressed. After it is dried, the material is ground up until it turns into a powder that can be used for the dyeing process

Cutch wood dyes a variety of colors in the burnt orange/terracotta/salmon family. It’s what makes the color khaki, or khak—an Indian word for dust, earth, and ashes. In history, this color has been used to dye military uniforms because of how well it blends in with the earth around it. 

Cutch is so important to Indian tradition that the largest district in India, the Kutch District, is named after it.

cutch dyed pieces

Why we love it

Because of its rich history, cutch dye is special for many reasons. One of the reasons why we love cutch dye so much is that it mimics the beauty of our natural world. The rich browns, beautiful burnt oranges, and soft salmons are very flattering on most people and go well with pretty much any type of style.

We also love how perfectly imperfect it is, just like nature! Due to the natural dye process using wood from ancient cutch trees, beauty lies in the imperfections. 

Since these products are locally dyed individually by hand, most pieces have imperfections from the dye such as: splotches, tie-dye-like appearance, color inconsistencies, stiffness, etc. 

  

Shop the full cutch-dye collection

April 06, 2021 — Taylor Shuck
What Is Bamboo Viscose? How Our Bamboo Fabric is Made

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You’ve heard us talk about “bamboo viscose” many times in blogs, product descriptions and more, but we keep getting the question of “What Is Bamboo Viscose?” Our team explains what it is and how it's made in this blog!
March 24, 2021 — Taylor Shuck
Sustainable Bamboo Bedding: 6 Benefits of Ethical Bed Sheets

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The news is out! We’ve officially launched our line of sustainable bamboo bedding. When you consider that the average person spends 26 years of their life in bed, our sleep becomes even more important. Our team explores all the pros and cons of bamboo sheets to show you why these should be the last sheets you’ll ever want to sleep on. 

February 11, 2021 — Taylor Shuck
Tags: Bamboo bedding
MADI Favorites Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2021

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Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country on Valentine’s Day. We’re here to offer you a better idea—a gift that keeps on giving: sustainable Valentine's Day gifts. Check them out.

February 03, 2021 — Hayley Santell
How to order a custom dyed piece from MADI Apparel!

How to order a custom dyed piece from MADI Apparel!

Did you know that we offer custom dyeing on all our ivory products? From women’s bamboo underwear to men’s organic cotton sweats, you can personalize and stylize nearly any of our products very easily! Here's how.
January 29, 2021 — Hayley Santell
Holiday Gift Guide 2020: MADI Favorites Edition

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: MADI Favorites Edition

Happy holidays from your team at MADI Apparel! This holiday season, we chatted with our favorite ladies to figure out what type of gifts they would want to see under the Christmas tree. Check them out!
December 10, 2020 — Taylor Shuck
Tags: Holiday
Jake Wells from NBC.com's The Voice performs live at MADI Apparel

Jake Wells from NBC.com's The Voice performs live at MADI Apparel

As part of our open-air backyard live music series, we invited Jake Wells and Jordan Wells to perform an acoustic set for a limited crowd in our outside music venue behind our Kansas City storefront. Jake Wells covered Black Bird, Yellow by Coldplay and in this clip, a song from his own album.
August 13, 2020 — Afterpay Key
20 Classy Bachelorette Party Gifts for Brides

20 Classy Bachelorette Party Gifts for Brides

At MADI, we believe in giving gifts that make a difference, not ones that will be thrown away after the bachelorette party is over. Here are 19 unique and classy bachelorette party gifts for brides who want to celebrate their big day the chic and sustainable way.
August 09, 2020 — Taylor Shuck
How to Make A Difference With Your Money

How to Make A Difference With Your Money

In honor of national Be Kind to Humankind Week, which is from August 24-28, we wanted to share with you ways that you can make a difference with your money right now
August 07, 2020 — Taylor Shuck
natural tie dye on a table

Natural Tie Dye: How To Tie Dye Sustainably

The art of tie dying is intrinsically sustainable. It encourages people to reuse and up-cycle old articles of clothing to create a new masterpiece that’s full of vibrant creativity. And with natural and eco-friendly tie dye, it can be even better for the environment. Here's a guide for how to tie dye sustainably this summer!
July 09, 2020 — Taylor Shuck
Join Our Backyard Workshop: Tie-Dying Sustainable Clothes

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Join us on July 18th for a tie-dye party in the backyard of our Kansas City flagship store! Coffee, mimosas and dye and 15% off MADI Apparel merchandise included. 
June 29, 2020 — Hayley Besheer