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What Are the Most Popular Fabrics Used for Bohemian Clothing?

The fast fashion industry has been destroying the earth for decades, despite the enduring existence of more sustainable bohemian clothing and accessory options. Bohemian clothing, also known as boho clothing, is largely comprised of organic fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp, jute, and silk. These are all materials that can be derived and harvested directly from the earth, making them distinctly biodegradable and sustainable.

Aside from being more environmentally conscious, there are a few other benefits to wearing these materials: they’re light, breathable, comfortable, and moisture absorbent to help keep you dry in all weather conditions. Keep reading to learn more about the popular fabrics uses for Bohemian clothing.


Linen comes from the flax plant and is one of the oldest naturally harvested materials that’s used for clothing and other purposes. Not only is linen light and breathable, but it’s also a naturally antibacterial material, making it the perfect choice for people with allergies or sensitive skin.


Cotton plants can be harvested in different parts of the world. Cotton grows in soft white bunches called bolls. It has a naturally soft hand-feel, making it the perfect organic material to create boho clothing. One thing organic cotton and line clothing have in common is that they’re both highly durable and can retain large amounts of moisture, which makes them easy to clean.


Hemp is another extremely popular fabric choice for bohemian clothing for a lot of the same reasons as cotton and linen. It’s light, airy, breathable, and offers supreme comfort. Similar to linen in appearance and texture, hemp is also naturally derived from the earth, is biodegradable, and it’s also UV resistant, so it protects you from the harmful rays of the sun.


Jute is predominantly harvested and produced in three south Asian countries: Bangladesh, India, and China. More specifically, it’s cultivated in the Ganges Delta, a region that borders both India and Bangladesh. Resembling burlap, jute is one of the most versatile organic materials as it can be made to imitate cotton, twine, silk, and wool depending on what it’s being used for. It’s greatest asset is that it requires very little water to grow and no chemical pesticides are used during its harvest. In fact, jute is a rain-fed crop, which means it only relies on natural rainfall to grow.


Silk is produced through a natural process called sericulture. Dating back centuries, this process involves cultivating silkworms that live and feed off of mulberry leaves. After the silkworms retreat into cocoons, their cocoons are boiled in hot water to allow for the formation of long fibers. These fibers are extracted and spun through a reel that weaves them together. Pure silk is soft, resilient, and can biodegrade in as little as four years.

Woodstock Lodge is committed to designing and manufacturing ethically sourced silk, jute, hemp, cotton, and linen clothing and accessories that suit your unique lifestyle. All of our clothing and accessories are handcrafted by talented local artisans across southeast Asia, ensuring that we participate in fair trade practices. Contact us today to learn more.
  • January 09, 2020
  • Mrityunjay Awasthy