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Hiya, welcome to my website, I’m Lea Athene! I’ve been designing and making unique clothing since 2003., I’ve had a passion for fabric my entire life, which likely began when my mum gave me a beautiful piece of silk as a baby, with which I couldn’t stop fiddling. From an early age, I was keen to choose my own clothing combinations, which sometimes resulted in strange-looking outfits. A few years on, I loved playing dress-up and playing around with fabric and yarn, and I started my own collection of what were mostly ‘nice-to-touch’ fabrics, often in the form of scarfs and hats. When I went to secondary school, I started wearing some beautiful […]

There’s nothing as inspiring and comforting as strolling by fabric stalls or walking through a fabric shop for hours and touch and compare all the fabrics. As autodidact I’ve always experimented a lot with fabrics, on top of which I started knitting at a young age, giving me ample experience with the material. Because of this I know which effect a certain type of fabric has on a model, and which combinations work and which ones don’t. Each fabric has its own characteristics. There are for example soft or rough fabrics, thin or thick, absorbent or water resistant, warm or cool, supple or standing fabrics. These characteristics are mainly determined by […]

The production of textiles consists of many steps and, all throughout this process, choices concerning environment, safety, and health are made. Unfortunately, the fashion industry still often ignores its impact on all of these aspects. For example, a lot of water and pesticides are used for the cultivation of cotton, while the production of synthetic materials requires the use of oil, with the obvious issues it entails. In addition, the process of dyeing fabrics can cause serious damage to man and nature, since a lot of chemicals and dangerous products are used in the process, and workers often handle these products without any […]

The fabric determines what the model eventually looks like. This way, you can create many different styles with just one model. But why do different fabrics have such a different look and feel? And how can you make an environmentally and socially responsible choice? On this page you can find a short overview of the different types of fibre, quality labels, fabric types and a list of fabric shops. […]

Viscose is made by treating wood or cotton cellulose with chemicals, after which the obtained solution is spun into yarn. This is why it belongs to the natural artificial fibres. It’s a soft, relatively heavy but thin fabric, causing it to fall very supple, and making it very comfortable to wear. Viscose is very absorbent and therefor easy to dye, resulting in radiant, deep colours with a soft shine. […]

Modal is made by treating beechwood with chemicals, after which the obtained solution is spun into yarn. This is why it belongs to the natural artificial fibres. It’s soft, breathing, stretch and relatively heavy, causing it to fall supple and making it very comfortable to wear. It has a long longevity, is absorbent and dries fast, and barely wrinkles. […]

This cotton jersey consists of 94% cotton and 6% elastomer. Cotton fibres come from the cotton plant, and are spun into yarn. In this case this cotton yarn is knitted, resulting in a stretch fabric. It’s sturdy, breathing, stretch, and soft, making it very comfortable to wear. That’s why this fabric is often used for sports and casual wear. Due to the elastomer the fabric keeps its shape well. […]