Sunday, April 10, 2011

Organic Bath towel - naturally dyed organic towel

Organic Cotton towel:

The latest in Organic cotton towels, is one that is dyed, processed and washed using nothing, but the extracts of plants, fruits and herbs.
That's REALLY REALLY Organic, and NOTHING else.Now low-impact, no lesser harm, BUT zero-impact and NO harmful substances whatsoever.

This Organic towel is available as a Bath towel, face towel, hand towel, and Bath sheet / Spa towel.

These Organic towels are dyed with plant extracts such as from turmeric, indigo, madder, onion, pomegranate and catechu, to name a few.

Some of these herbs and plant extracts, are actually good for the skin and body as a whole, and the use of these organic towels, dyed with such extracts, might lend medicinal and therapeutic benefits to the user.

The next post, will detail each of the towels properties separately.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Madras Skirts, Madras shorts, madras shirts, preppy skirts & preppy clothing

Madras skirt & madras patchwork clothing

Madras skirts, madras shorts, madras dresses, madras patchwork preppy clothing and patchwork plaid clothing are here from Basil Leaf, by Atlantis - the web's leader in Madras fabrics.

The Basil leaf clothing collection is ready for retail this season, and it screams Preppy!! - Its Gossip girl time.

The collection is made of 100% cotton madras patchwork plaid fabrics, madras plaids, and soon to come are, seersucker plaids, twills and Eco couture, like Organic cotton and bamboo shirts, skirts, dresses, tops, halters and more.

Madras clothing by Basil Leaf is open to retailers, for carrying in their stores and boutiques.
There are no minimum purchases, though minimums will attract additional discounts!!

Madras clothing has a distinct style to it, and speaks of the beach town, upper lifestyle, characteristic of areas like New England, Nantucket, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, to name a few.

Madras skirts are available presently as:

Knee length: This is a knee length madras skirt, in patchwork madras plaid fabric, and features 2 curved pockets on each side, and a side zipper.The patchwork pattern is placed diagonally.

Mini: This is a mini skirt in length, in patchwork madras plaid fabric, and features 2 curved pockets on each side, and a side zipper.The patchwork pattern is placed diagonally.

Pleated Frock skirt: This is an above-knee skirt in length, in patchwork madras plaid fabric, and features large buttons along the front, for wearing, as well as for style. A ribbon is stitched onto it, for tying in the center.The patchwork pattern is stitched in a pleated form, giving the skirt a frock type open feel, and the look of a dress.

Women' Madras Shirt: This is a long sleeve shirt for women, in patchwork madras laid fabric, with a short collar.The patchwork pattern is placed diagonally.The plaid has a floral print over it.

To become a retailer of Basil Leaf clothing by Atlantis, and to carry this line of madras clothing, call 1-877-294-7111, or reach Atlantis at: Basil Leaf Clothing

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Patchwork madras Clothing Line from Atlantis is available to retailers & boutiques Now

Patchwork madras Clothing Line from Atlantis is available to retailers & boutiques now.

The new preppy line of womens, mens and kids clothing and apparel is here from Atlantis Fabrics, and is on offer to retailers, boutiques and neighbourhood retail outlets as well.

This new line will be the ultimate in preppy fashion, and backed by over a thousand patterns available in madras plaid patchworks, there are endless possibilities.

The collection will offer apparel like women's skirts, halters, capri pants, tops and sport coats.
For men, the Atlantis clothing collection will offer bermuda shorts, formal shorts, golf pants, sport coats, and shirts.
For kids, presently the clothing will include bermuda shorts, regular shorts, and shirts.

Atlantis Fabrics offers thousands of patterns in patchwork madras plaid fabrics, and this has now been extended to their apparel collection, and hence, variety will be the spice in this dish.

Some of the fabrics this clothing collection will feature, will be patchwork madras fabric, madras plaids, seersucker plaids, stripes and prints, cotton printed fabrics, organic cotton plaids and prints, and some bamboo fabrics.

This collection will be for the preppy set, and will reflect the mood and attitude of the casual-formal holidayer, suave golfer, club tennis enthusiast, sailer on the cape maine and Massachusetts waters, and the prep school style definers.

RETAILERS and BOUTIQUES can now buy direct from Atlantis, and can offer the entire collection on their shelves, and offer the best to their customers.
The BEST part: Atlantis manufactures their own madras fabric and apparel at their India factory (Atlantis Inc. India), and so the prices on offer will be significantly lower than anywhere else.

For shoppers, Atlantis madras clothing collection is open to the public as well, and can currently be purchased online, at the webstore here:

Madras patchwork clothing from Atlantis is available at prices between $20-$40 so far, for most items.Wholesale discounts available for bulk purchases.

Bamboo Fabric like Bamboo Rib, Jersey and Bamboo poplin are in

Allright- the latest in bamboo fabric is in at Atlantis Fabrics.Atlantis now offers bamboo fabrics like bamboo jersey, bamboo rib, and bamboo plain weave poplin.

These are available in stock in white, and natural (undyed) colors.And, these can be custom dyed in any color using azo-free (low impact) dyes.

Bamboo fabric is known for its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and moisture-wicking properties.This makes it ideal for clothing for children, babies, women, and men too-why not!

Bamboo fabric is also good for the Earth, and is better for the soil in which it grows.In fact it consumes very little ground water to grow, and does not need the kind of pesticides cotton farming asks for.

One must, however, know the difference between Organic and Natural.
Bamboo is a natural fiber, like cotton also.However, bamboo, due to the its properties, and its earth-friendliness, is a much better alternative to using regular cotton.
Cotton is a natural fiber too, however, it is the most pesticide-consuming crop, and therefore, damages the earth, and also has undesirable effects on people wearing it, due to contact with skin.

However, Organic means a fiber has been grown using no pesticides, chemicals,etc, right from growing the crop till making the fiber, and dyeing/printing it, or atleast the content of chemicals used should be as per the norms set by agencies such as SKAL, CU and others, that are the upholders of organic standards worldwide.

Mostly, cotton is now being manufactured organic.Which means that the cotton crops are being grown the traditional way, without using fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals.
Bamboo, on the other hand, is only a natural fiber, and currently, there is no way of certifying bamboo fabric as being organic.Its only a natural fiber & fabric.But since it uses low amounts of chemicals, and since its properties are very human friendly, and earth friendly, it really does not need to be 100% organic.

Make sure that the bamboo fabric has been dyed/printed using permissible inks and dyes such as azo-free dyes/inks, and vegetable dyes.

Atlantis Fabrics offers its bamboo fabrics either in natural/undyed form, or dyed using vegetable dyes, and azo-free dyes.

You can see Atlantis Bamboo and Organic cotton Fabrics here:

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Madras Plaid fabrics coming your way

We thought our madras patchwork made people so crazy, so why not the madras plaids, without the patchwork.Have you seen these?
Fabtabulous madras plaid patterns are available in 100% mill-made cotton woven tightly,to give that soft feel as smooth as paper.
The criss-cross of the madras check patterns coupled with the smoothness of these fabrics makes them so ideal for summer wear.

So, whether its childrens clothing, or mens apparel, or womens shirts, skirts, or bags/totes, this madras fabric is so ideal.
And, these are mostly available in 57-58 inch widths, making them seem endless.

Madras plaids, or so we have been told, are the perfect summer wear, and no wonder this coming Spring-summer collections of many fashion designers, will be splashed with lots of madras plaid fabrics.

Why not grab them early on, at: Atlantis Madras Fabrics.
AND, for an even wider collection of Madras plaid fabrics available with us, visit our Google gallery of wholesale madras fabrics.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Preppy fashion is the talk of town, and madras patchwork is its language

Preppy fashion is the talk of town, and madras patchwork is its language.

Nothing expresses the preppy look better than madras fabric, especially in its patchwork avatar.

So, what exactly is preppy fashion?

Preppy was a term used to describe well-off, ivy-league or university-preparation school going young, trendy people.

In a fashion sense, the word preppy is used to denote clothing/accessories from more conservative brands in fashion and a conservative style of clothing characterised in clothing by using madras checks and stripes for making shirts, and khaki trousers.

Madras fabric, however, has always been seen as the ultimate expression of the preppy look. Its the myriad of checks and stripes in madras, that accentuate preppy sophisticated look.

Madras fabric can be used for clothing/apparel/accessories just on its own, or one can couple 2-3 madras fabrics, and sew them into patchwork, which adds a bold attractive look to the already sophisticated madras.

Madras is now being used to make hand-bags, tote-bags, womens belts, head-bands, wrist-bands,mens shirts, pants, jackets, and even file covers.

For 2007 and 2008, madras patchwork is definitely a fashion trend that has cemented its place to stay.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Check out some of the newest and best deals on patchwork madras

Hi all

Its time to check out the latest in patchwork madras fabric at:

Latest patchwork madras fabric

Its 5 pages of patchwork madras in all its glory and at some of the best prices.
I just love this stuff.

And its amazing that so much can be made of this fabric from skirts,shirts,pants,capris,watches,headbands,tote and handbags,and quilts,baby-wear,baby blankets and whatever you can come up with.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Patchwork Madras Fabric

How many times do we have to tell you that patchwork madras fabric is hot....dont you get it?Why cant you get it?Its a no-brainer.
Thats what we have to tell our vendors-literally.That patchwork madras fabric is hot and is here to stay,and that our customers want more and more.So,we are literally scolding them to make more of it.
But they are doing a good job.These patchwork madras fabrics are made in India mostly atleast.
So, what is patchwork madras fabric?
Patchwork madras fabric is basically what used to be madras fabric from India, cut and sewn into patches of 3,4 or 5 inch sized squares.
Nowadays, the Madras fabric is essentially yarn-dyed madras check pattern in cotton fabrics, without the traditional bleeding quality of older day madras fabric.

Patchwork madras fabric is being used by companies like Gap clothing, banana republic, J.crew, Ralph Lauren (Polo), bettz designs,, ida claire, cape madras and boxercraft, in their collections in everything from mens shorts/shirts, womens skirts, belts,handbags, tote bags,wristbands, head bands, and shoes.

Patchwork madras clothing/apparel can be bought at any of the above stores, and if you are in love with just the fabric and want to buy some, visit:

Patchwork Madras Fabric Store for the widest ever variety in patchwork madras fabric.
They sell retail by the yard, and wholesale in 2 ways: From the US and direct from India as well.

And they have all other fabrics like cotton prints,quilting fabric, organic cotton fabric, bamboo fabric, linen, jute, knits etc.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Organic cotton fabric is making waves...

Organic cotton fabric is so crazily making waves.It looks like the US and Australia are the ones to catch onto the trend the most.
In USA, organic cotton fabric is being used to make anything from baby-wear to diapers, bedspreads, sheets, womens apparel, mens clothing, yoga clothing, yoga mats,and lots more things.

Organic cotton can be bought from the USA, which is one of the largest if not the largest producer of organic cotton fabric in the world.Turkey is another big market and of course, India and the Asian belt including Pakistan are the other suppliers of organic cotton fabric.

Organic cotton is not only good for the environment and the planet in the sense that it frees up our soil system and the food chain of all those nasty chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides. But it is actually very healthy for our own selves.

For example, organic cotton fabric is ideal for people with skin allergies.CLothing from Regular fabrics like cottons treated with chemicals, cause severe rashes and allergies in people with skin conditions.

However, wearing apparel made from organic cotton fabric is ideal for such people because they can finally feel fabric on their skin which is not treated with chemicals.

Plus, organic cotton is now so widely available in various weaves like knits (jersey, fleece, terry), oxford, canvas, poplin, etc.

And another fabric which can be added to your wardrobe along with organic cotton, is bamboo fabric,made from bamboo fibers.
In fact a lot of the organic cotton fabric is being blended with bamboo fibers to make a mix of organic cotton/bamboo fabric.

If you are looking for organic cotton fabrics in USA, leave a message with Atlantis Fabrics, and they offer organic cottons custom woven for you on order, with minimums as low as 70 yards per pattern/color.
Plus, they also carry various organic cotton fabrics in stock anytime.

Its time to go green , and that too in the color of your choice.

Madras Fabric in patch is so hot this year!!

Madras Fabric in patch / patchwork madras fabric is just seeming to turn out like a fashion have-to-do this year.
We started offering this madras fabric as an experiment 2 years back,and though the preppy look would catch on well with some folks,but it seems madras patchwork fabric is something everyone wants and for seemingly different purposes.

There is the folks who want to make shirts and pants or capris out of these.Then there are some who cant get enough of the accessories like madras headbands,madras wristbands,madras belts,madras boots,madras shoes,madras flip flops etc.
And then there are some who want to make madras patchwork fabric quilts, madras skirts, madras shorts, and even madras fabric linings for just about anything.

The best part about this fabric is that it just is so cool-and not only in the the way it looks,but even that the madras fabric is actually 100% cotton fabric that is made in the heart of summer country--the city of madras India.

So,its no surprise that the nantucket look is back and is not just limited to nantucket.
We have been finding madras to be ultra-hot in entire Massachusetts, Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, New York, and California all at the same time.

Stores like Atlantis Fabrics, have even started offering wholesale options to buy the fabric direct from their India sourcing warehouse,and they actually offer better pricing that way.Plus minimums to buy fabric direct from their India warehouse start at only 150 yards.Not bad !!

Anywho, whatever happens, and wherever you buy Madras from, make sure you do, before the only one not looking preppy chic is you.

See some at:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Patchwork Cotton Fabric: Madras Checks

Lots of patchwork fabric,cotton patchwork madras check fabric to be more precise, made their way into our warehouses recently.

We came across these new stocklots of beautiful check patterns in patchwork,and the fabric was a light-medium cotton fabric in 44 inches width.
These turned out to be ideal for anything from boxer shorts to purses and handbags, to belts,shoes and just about anything that could be covered in fabric.

So,we thought we'd stock up our little online fabric store with these square-faced fabrics,and boy what a hit they were.
Everyone seems to want a piece of these.I dont blame them-there's soft pastel pinks and greens and yellows,to bold blues,reds and just about everything to have anyone's imagination going.

These fabrics are ideal as quilting fabric too as pointed out by one imaginatrix,who seemed to want to see one in everybody's bed or else....
We were excited too to say the least.

Its just something about cotton fabrics that give you that feel of summer in the air.Plus these patchwork fabrics just look like so many fabrics in one piece of yardage.
Its like looking at so many fabrics all at once.

We've been told that some cant wait to see these fabrics transformed into their next pair of boxer shorts, handbags & some other kinky stuff as well.

I think you better check these fabrics online at: (Cotton Patchwork Madras Check Fabrics)

I think you would love us a bit more after we made you meet these square-faced fabricky friends of ours.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Cottons & other fabrics from India

Brush Cotton Checks in 44W from INDIA

Check out this fabric.
Its a brush cotton in 44 inches width and ideal for shirts,dresses, skirts or as linings.
It has a nice cosy feel to it.

These are some fabrics you see in plenty when you travel to South India.
It is a hub of Cotton in various shades, patterns and widths.

There's nothing you wont find in cottons here for your next quilting, crafts, apparel or fashion projects.

For sewing lovers, a trip to India is a must.
Lots of fabrics in all to offer apart from cottons as well.
Farbics from India are getting a boost nowadays with all the quota restrictions imposed on Chinese imports into USA.
This has already caused a jump in the exports of Indian fabrics like cottons to USA manyfold.

So,before you see the fabrics from India hit shelves and show up on fashion lines next to you,and that too at untouchable prices,it would be wise to either make a trip down to India, OR to call that old contact you had back there in the fabrics business, an dask for some latest samples.

Happy Hunting!!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Anyone know if China sells retail


I was wondering if anyone knew if China sells most items it exports in retail as well?

I mean there must be markets in China which cater to the retail buyer who wants to buy anything-lets say fabrics and textiles, in retail.1 Yard,10 yards,50 yards.

We keep getting people asking for some items from China which we dont stock as well but know where to procurre from yet when you talk to the guys in China,its nothing less than a 1000yards usually.

I mean there must be some regular wholesale stores and shops or retail stores in cities such as Shanghai and Beijing and other big cities.

I believe the various provinces of China only specialise in particular items and that too mostly its the factories that exist and supply in bulk.

It would be an amazing opportunity if the Chinese were to open up their retail markets to the world as well,instead of just selling wholesale.
This would mean that apart from only Chinese factories,the stores and wholesalers would have to enter the market.

Ecommerce could be the best way forward for them if they want to approach the world markets in retail direct-to-customer.

Whats surprissing is that when you search google for fabric or textile suppliers from China,its the same vendors and the same directories with the same vendors , that always come up.

This is the case with India too,which i mention because it is another major textile vendor to the hungry buyers of USA/Europe and the rest of the world.

I think its time retailers from such markets come forward to be global vendors of various items in retail.A potential surely exists.

Which brings me back to my question-anyone know of any such vendors???

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Caught among cottons

Lots of cottons in prints like florals, paisleys, kids prints, blocks, chikan work, applique (Ideal for quilting) surround me as i walk through the fabric hub markets of India on my visit there this month.

Whats exciting is that they are priced so cheap,and they are available just 1 yard onwards.
In India, cottons are the staple fabric, and can be found just about anywhere, even if its not the biggest fabric market you are standing in.
Its because the weather in India makes cotton the ideal fabric for just about anything from shirts to tops to beddings and furnishings.

Its a fabric that allows your skin to breathe unlike polyesters and acrylics which wrap you r skin like bubble packaging.

In fact,India has so much cotton to offer that i hear form people in China that even the biggest textile mills there order their base cotton yarn from India at times,for both reasons-that its cheaper in India and that its better in India.

So,whats to stop you from getting yours the next time that quilting or crafts project comes to mind,or if its just the unexpected heat of California/NewYork you're trying to escape.
Especially,since the fabric actually makes any garment look beautiful and that too at such as low cost.

So,go get some and if you dont know how,ask me and i'll give you the source for some of the best cottons for your quitling or crafts or fashion/apparell project.A source that sells 1 yard onwards, is flexible about sending samples, lets you pay locally in your country and can offer some of the most enticing fabrics.

Go work on it first if you want it bad (:

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Silk dupioni-the versatile fabric

Dupioni is a fabric that wins hands down when it comes to versatility of use.
Not only does it make an excellent fabric for use in high-fashion apparel, but also works wonders as drapery, upholstery, cushion-making etc.

Silk dupioni comes in various kinds.
In India, there are several kinds of silk dupioni on offer.
There is the handloom and the powerloom variety for instance.The handloom dupioni when made using India silk yarn, produces a fabric which is highly slubbed and irregular in its texture.
Just the way traditional silk dupioni always was.
The handloom dupioni made from Chinese yarn is smoother.
The dupioni made on powerlooms using chinese yarns is the smoothest, sometimes making it hard to spot the characteristic slubs.
And finally powerloom dupioni can also be made using Indian yarns,in which case the slubbed effect is higher than in fabric spun out of Indian yarn.
India has a myriad of silk to offer and in Indian dupioni alone one can find endless solors, patterns, embroideries, jacquards, and prints.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lots of winter fashion fabrics

With the fall season around the corner, expect lots of fleece, faux furs, crochet knits, boiled-wools, and other knit fabrics for women, and lots of woolen suitings for men.Blends of poly-wool, alongwith wool-finish fabrics are in.
They make a classy statement,along with not costing the earth.

India has always been strong in natural fibers such as wool and knits,and there's lots to choose from there.
Lots of vendors in the Northern part of India offer a vast selection of knits, fleece,woolens and lots more.

Some even provide retail quantities from 1 yard onwards with shipping not costing you more than $8-10 per package of 2.20 pounds weight.

Thats a steal,especially when you can pay online (Paypal), or with USA checks/orders/money transfers OR simply in cash at your doorstep.

This is something being coined as retail imports by some,except without the hassels of import--no customs, no duties, no ports, no documentation.JUST THE FABRICS delivered to you at you doorstep.
Its actually plain simple e-commerce.

BUT, a word of caution though-trust only vendors with reliability, and a past record of successful customer-relations.
Also,look for vendors who have give you the advantages of local payments, local contact, and YET--Global prices,even without the quantities.

That word--QUANTITY is actually quite an easy word to HATE.
When you're buying in volumes,quantities are to your advantage.
BUT what if you want to buy without worrying about HOW MUCH to buy.

What if its only a yard or 10 yards of fabric or anything you need.
Thats when you turn to a vendor who says:


One such online fabrics store is

They provide fabrics sourced from INDIA, CHINA & the rest of Asia.

-They have no minimums
-Sampling is FREE
-Delivery is fast
-Shipping is LOW
-Locally contactable in USA/Canada
1-877-294-7111 (USA / Canada Toll-Free)

GO ON, Splurge on beautiful cottons, silks, furs, prints, embroideries, jacquards, knits, drapery, tassels, trims,and Terry-towels.

More coming soon on the latest in knit fabrics sourced from India.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


Winters are closing in and as mother bears stock up for the chill so are the mother of all design companies,and the hot-stuff available is silk dupioni, boiled wool jersey, bright single-brushed fleece, taffeta, and knits in general.

So,grab hold of a few real fast.

We have some in stock.REMEMBER-Samples are for FREE! check if you want some real bad.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

ATLANTIS FABRICS-Proudly serving the designers & fabric-thirsty of the USA

Fabrics for Fashion Designers / Quilters / Dressmakers / Interior Designers is your own fabrics store at your desk, with a wide selection of silk fabrics, georgette fabric, dupioni fabric, taffeta fabric, habotai fabric, crepe fabric, satin fabric, jacquard fabric, chiffon fabric, cotton fabric, polyester fabric, fabric with hand/machine embroidery as well as Tassels, Trims, Cushion-covers, Wall-hangings, Terry Towels, Gowns and loads of other accessories sourced by our India sourcing office.

Whether it's a one-time need or an ongoing love-affair, we value your being here, and would love to add to your already fabulous collection of fabrics, and that too, at very good prices.

Whether its wholesale / bulk fabrics or if its retail fabric quantities you need, fits the bill.

If shopping for fabrics online is what you love doing or do it as a part of what you do, is the place to be.

Whether you're a fashion designer / dressmaker / homemaker / quilter / costumier / fashion school, or simply a fabric enthusiast, will make sure you have a complete fabrics store at your desk. Whether you need fabrics from India, China, or Europe, there's a good chance you'll find it here.

Whether it's a fortune you want to spend or a bargain that you want.... Nah! we can only help you if a bargain is what you want.

OR CALL: 1-877-294-7111 (USA Toll-Free)

fashion designers choosing fabrics from INDIA-Finally something thats not China

in the past years, tons of fashion designers and fabric enthusiasts have been taking the trip down the silk route,except the stoppage this time is also at INDIA.

The rush to China for fabrics and textiles seems to have led to an overlooking of India as a textiles and fabrics source for the needs of the fashion industry worldwide.

Its interesting to see though how much India has to offer in the realm of fabrics and textiles.

China might be the factory of the world, producing in mass what buyers in the West specify. India however has a 2-fold advantage.
India not only offers the capability to mass-produce fabrics/textiles as per specifications of design houses, but rather also offers unique fabrics/textiles which have been produced specifically in India since centuries and have moved from being local crafts to national treasures on offer.

If textiles is what you do, then a visit to India is a must.
Here, the markets are flooded with traditional fabrics, natural weaves, exotic silks, hand-embroideries, hand-paintings, batik etc.

Not only can you find volume sellers here, but also lots of retail sellers of fabrics that can cater to your customized needs alongwith offering you the uniqueness of India.

we just had a bevy of designers coming down,and they left pretty impressed with the variety of fabrics, trims, tassels, hand-embroidery, beading, batiks, traditional crafts such as glass/wood embellishments etc.