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side-string-short-siberian-tiger-5-.jpgWe’re often asked why our clothing feels so soft and light, why it regains its form after each use and why it stays looking great through countless uses and washes. The answer is simple, and it hits at the very core of our business. It’s our material.

When we made our first side string short we had very specific needs in mind. We loved the feel of cotton, but we hated how it absorbed all our sweat and felt heavy on our skin. We wanted a material that would stretch with our bodies through asanas, yet bounce back to form as we lay in savasana. We aspired for a solution to loose fitting shirts and shorts but we needed to ensure our skin could breathe, and dissipate moisture. Finally, we wanted to ensure our material would last, we demanded durability. It required a great deal of searching, testing and tweaking, but we found a solution, and we call it ‘Coolform’.

Coolform is a knitted fabric that combines air jet textured polyamide with spandex. Developed with Supplex® technology, it is a high performance, moisture wicking fabric that feels cottony soft against the skin, contains four-way stretch and retains its shape and color over time. Breatheable, quick-dry, free from harmful chemicals with the added bonus of 50+ UV protection against ultraviolet radiation, we reccommend coolform fabric for all your sweaty endeavors!  

side-string-short-what-lies-beneath-4-.jpgCoolform light’ is a knitted fabric that combines Amni® polyamide with elastane yarn. Lighter weight and thinner than our coolform fabric, coolform light is meant specifically for heated rooms and hot places. This material is so light and so soft that it is often described as equivalent to the feeling of wearing nothing at all! Free from harmful chemicals while offering 50+ UV protection, we make all our prints in this material, and some styles in black too. We recommend this material for hot yoga, during the summer months, or as an uber comfortable first layer during colder months for your outdoor activities.

Textured Coolform is a funkafied version of our coolform fabric, with slightly less weight. You’ll find the cotton soft feel, moisture wicking ability, four-way stretch and shape retention are all present in this fabric, but also that it ‘pops’ giving it a 3D effect. Remember those pop-up books you read as a child? Think of our textured coolform as the material version of a pop-up book. It grabs the eye and pairs beautifully with our other fabrics.

Eco Coolform has a slightly textured surface with a very comfortable fit that molds to the body without over compressing. Wicking properties provide ideal thermal exchange while the lighter weight is ideal for hot rooms and hot places. We weave this fabric with 100% biodegradable nylon Amni Soul Eco®, a Brazilian technology, which produces accelerated garment decomposition in landfills. While it once took decades for traditional nylons to decompose, our Eco Coolform will fully decompose within three years of being in a landfill. Free from toxic chemicals and containing 50+UV protection, this is a fabric that both Mother Earth and your skin will love.     

Stretch mesh is both lightweight and stretchy. It offers ventilation without the bulk, it holds you in and breathes at the same time, making it perfect for your active lifestyle. We feature our stretch mesh mainly as an accent fabric and in combination with our coolform and coolform light fabrics.

Gold Rio is the fabric we use in our kids line. We call it gold rio as an homage to the swimwear company that our founder, Ana, started before Shakti. During that time, all Gold Rio bathing suits were made with this fabric, which is a nylon/lycra combination. Known in Brazil simply as ‘swimsuit’ material, we use this fabric in our kids line because children are more concerned with being children, than with changing outfits four times per day, so they need a fabric that is as versatile as the lives they lead. Whether they are playing sports, practicing yoga, swimming, or making sand castles on the beach, our Gold Rio fabric is with them all the way and it will stand the test of time.

Luxuriate is found exclusively in our after yoga wear line and is targeted specifically to hot yogis, and people living in hot climates. Since it takes time to cool down after a hot yoga class, we wanted to create a line made from a material that is exceptionally lightweight and breathable, and that doesn’t lock in body heat. Luxuriate accomplishes this goal. It is a lightweight cotton/viscose blend that delivers a silky, light feel that is lush against the skin. It is soft, smooth, cool and comfortable and it will not insulate heat. It is also a delicate material that can shrink in hot water, so we only recommend our after yoga wear line for cooling down and relaxing. Think of it as the ultimate in savasana wear.