Different types of fabrics are laser cut into small puzzle pieces. Because of the burning technique the fabrics are washed on 30 degrees. When dry they are puzzled together piece by piece into numerous designs. Really like a puzzle so without stiches or glue. The modular puzzle piece enables to interchange colours and prints which provides endless possibilities. So, by using different fabrics, with or without a pattern, the designs have a different look in each version. The wearables are vegan, almost weightless and in most cases suitable for a hand wash.
Since the material requires to be a bit firm, but also flexible for puzzling, not every fabric is suitable. Also, the composition of the fabric has its own pros and cons. Woven or knitted fabrics of a natural fibre tend to fray when laser cut. With non-woven fabrics, the ends sear when burned, so that it doesn’t fray. (Non-woven is a category of fabrics that is neither woven nor knitted. In contrast to the traditional fabrication of a textile cloth, no yarn is used, but the material is bonded together directly as a fibre or filament). For the wearable items therefore mainly fabrics such as scuba, softshell, spacer fabric, Alcantara and artificial/vegan leather are used. (*when bought new: STANDARD 100 OEKO-TEX certified fabrics)
All the aspects of the production process have been fine-tuned down to the last detail. Not only the product itself, but also the presentation, packaging, ease of use, and the ability to repair and personalise.
The entire process of laser cutting and puzzling takes place in Iris’ atelier in Amsterdam. Also the paper packaging and acrylic anchor shaped closures (for bracelets and necklaces) are homemade by the laser cutter.
*STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety.