Coming from the heart, hands and mind of Dutch designer Inge van Geem, Windward Made offers beautiful scarves, pillow covers and art prints with her handmade designs. Inspired by the patterns, colours and compositions found in nature, the designs are beautifully layered yet wonderfully simple. Windward Made means made in an eco-friendly and ethical way and always with sustainability at heart.
Every design starts out as pencil or paint on paper. Working within a theme, the subject gets both painted with loose brush strokes, and drawn in a more simplified form, ready to be carved into a stamp. Inge carves all her stamps by hand, and uses their prints to create more intricate patterns on her computer.
All scarves are made from the finest Belgian linen, which is grown, harvested, spun and woven just 222km from Windward Made HQ in the Netherlands. Linen is a sustainable and eco-friendly fabric, which does not require irrigation during growth, and considerably fewer pesticides and fertilizers than other crops. Linen is a fast growing crop, with only 100 days between sowing in March and harvesting in July. All parts of the plant are used, so there is no waste, and the fabric is 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Linen is strong and durable and holds it’s shape. While a bit stiff at first, it becomes softer (and stronger!) with each wash and wear. So wear your scarf a lot and it will be the finest thing you’ve ever felt in no time.
The Belgian linen is digitally printed at a small printing company in the Netherlands. Digital printing is an eco-friendly way of printing fabric. The ink used is water based and only gets printed exactly where it’s needed, so there is no waste. Water is used to clean the fabric and the printer, but is reused within the company to heat the building. After the linen is printed, it goes to a sewing atelier in Germany, where it’s cut and sewn into scarves. This means ethical production, and a product that’s made from start to finish, flax seed to scarf, within a 250km range.
Hello! My name is Inge and I’m the heart, hands and mind behind Windward Made. Combining my passions for nature, design and sustainability, Windward Made was born. I work from home in a village in the south of the Netherlands. When I’m not working, you can find me baking cakes, exploring the neighbourhood with our dog, reading fantasy novels or getting together with friends for beer and boardgames. My favourite things are tea, toast, turtles and TV shows with Vikings, pirates or Jon Snow.
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