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Organic fabrics from by tanShi®

I didn’t decide on a whim to use these fabrics more than others. This long reflection on the cotton we use to create our products “by tanShi®” deserves some history…


In 2007, I was head down invested in learning shiatsu. This training allowed me to further deepen my philosophy of life that I had until then developed in a completely different way.

In this learning context, I was led to discover various groups of people with whom we practiced meditation, yoga, Chi kong…

I clearly understood that all those people around me felt close to the Earth, close to their neighbours. Respecting one’s neighbor and protecting our planet was a given to them. At the same time, I also saw that many of these people were using equipment that was often treasured away from these beautiful values. It seemed to me so… “not fair” with the original intent.


I, who come from the countryside and who have travelled quite a bit on different continents, to discover beautiful and less beautiful things that we are capable of producing or destroying, thought to myself: “Quentin, it is important to do something and to offer an alternative to all those people for whom your values also seem to be their values”.

The years have passed… quickly (I imagine you know what I’m talking about)) and today, in this year 2019, with the commercial release of the first products “by tanShi®”, I materially realize a good part of my life philosophy. It is through our research, our manufacturing methods, our values until the sale of our products “by tanshi®” (our meditation cushions, our kimonos, our futons… ) that I want to convey the message of respect for nature, respect for our neighbour, respect for ourselves. 

Why choose organic fabrics

The choice of fabrics and more specifically organic cotton for the manufacture of “by tanShi®” products was obvious to me. But when I became more interested in “Organic”, I realized that this was not enough. 


And then I discovered the GOTS label. Nice discovery of a structure that regularly checks that the supply chain of cotton is well respected according to strict standards and that all stakeholders this production line of cotton and organic fabrics are fairly remunerated. It was perfect for me and my values.

Yes, but...

To clean organic cotton, you have to use a lot and a lot of water. An ecological aberration, all this amount of water used and soiled to produce a organic cotton that will be worn by a few people on our Earth. And that didn’t go with my intentions.

What do I do? I have decided that a portion of the proceeds from sales of “by tanShi®” products will be donated to the ASBL “The blue of life”. The objective of this ASBL is to fund, research, produce and implement units for the cleaning and purification of dirty water.

Where does our cotton come from? What about fabrics production?

The cotton we use comes from India, Benin or Tanzania depending on the production. All the steps in the production of fabrics are carried out in France.


100% of the fibre in the fabric we use is fibre from organic agriculture. Certification for these fabrics is issued by Ecocert Greenlife according to the GOTS repository. The warp threads and the weft threads intersect perpendicularly alternating over/below in group of threads, giving this particular aspect of thick canvas.


Wash the fabrics from tanShi®

The fabrics are to be washed preferably accompanied, in a full machine (without necessarily being in the center of the drum), so that they shrink properly and be quiet for all their life.

The lye you will use to clean your garment must be free of optical whiteners (or whiteners) or percarbonate, to avoid irreversible discolorations on the wrinkles formed during washing.


Quentin Van Hecke

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