FOR THOSE OF US WHO CARE WHAT WE WEAR
Do you love clothes that feel good on the skin and fabrics that let the body breathe, come and see us at Ravir. We're known for our range of natural clothing in styles that have a distinctive edge. At Ravir we believe that natural fibres are better for the body than synthetic fibres. They also feel good. Our customers agree, citing breathable fabrics, low body odour, and the fact that these fibres are kind to the skin. Just as important for our staff is the fact that they are kinder to the planet than synthetics.
Over the past 14 years, Ravir has established a reputation for quality clothing for men and women. Thanks to the previous owner, Kim, we continued with Elliott Kennedy’s beautiful Australian-made cotton clothing, and Ecowear’s hemp/cotton and Nepalese woollen garments. While Ecowear is no longer trading, some of their clothing is probably still being worn more than a decade later.
It took a while to understand why so many returning customers commented on the quality of their purchases from Ravir. In their words, the clothing kept its shape and lasted a long time. We realised then that unlike synthetics, good quality clothes made from natural fibres last a long time.
Fabrics such as cotton, hemp, wool, etc. tend to keep their shape much better than synthetics. They are also breathable, and kinder to the skin. Of course natural fibres such as merino sometimes succumb to moths and silverfish, but there are products on the market to protect the garments. And unlike synthetics, woollen or cotton garments can be put on the compost heap once they wear out, as they break down and become part of the soil.
Acrylic and polyester, on the other hand, often last a season at most, and they don’t break down. Instead they infiltrate the rivers and oceans, and are ingested by wildlife with devastating consequences.
None of this is rocket science but it helps explain Ravir’s penchant for natural fabrics, and hence for quality clothing. We’re not purists by any means, and occasionally we break the rule and stock something made from synthetic – but only when we can’t find a suitable alternative.
With the advance of climate change it’s clear that we need to be mindful of choices we make, if not for ourselves, then for our children and our grandchildren. Choosing natural fabrics is good for the planet, and good for all living creatures.