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Raanu Glossary

Artisan - A person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods.


Closed-loop Production - The reuse of material waste created during the production process for additional products, as well as use the recycled products to create new items.

Closed-loop production

Dobby Loom - A dobby loom, or dobbie loom, is a type of floor loom that controls all the warp threads using a device called a dobby. The word dobby is a corruption of "draw boy," which refers to the weaver's helpers who used to control the warp thread by pulling on draw threads. A dobby loom is an alternative to a treadle loom. 

Dobby Loom

Ethically responsible - Raanu acts upon multiple principles and values according to the standards within the Slow fashion context and behaves environmentally friendly. We aim to always be aware of how our materials, processes, practices, accounting, packaging etc. affect the environment, workers and community. It is the moral and ethical responsibility of every at Raanu.

Ethically responsible

Flat-felled Seam - Felled seam, or flat-fell seam, is a seam made by placing one edge inside a folded edge of fabric, then stitching the fold down. The fold encases the raw edges protects them from fraying. The fold may be secured with a topstitch or a whipstitch. It is useful for keeping seam allowances flat and covering raw edges.

Flat-felled seam

French seam - French seams are sewn twice, encasing the raw edge within the seam and creating a very neat, delicate seam that is ideal for sheer or lightweight fabrics. 

French seam

Handmade -  an item made by hand or by a hand process and craftsmanship used to make a higher quality product than one mass-produced by a machine.


Handwoven - produced on a hand-operated loom.

Natural fibers - Natural fibers are the fibers that are obtained from plants, animals or mineral sources. Some examples are cotton, bamboo, silk, wool etc. At Raanu Handwoven we do not use animal-sourced materials such as wool, alpaca or silk in our apparel.

Natural fibers

Raanu Raanu (rah - noo) is a traditional form of Scandinavian weaving used for wall hangings and rugs. It is also an anagram for "ruana" which is a garment style my mentor formerly called The Cloak. I chose this name to honor both my legacy and my ancestry.


Slow fashion - The term was first coined by author, design activist, and professor Kate Fletcher.

She defines slow fashion as quality-based rather than time-based. Other slow fashion pioneers note that the movement encourages slower production, unifies sustainability with ethics, and ultimately invites consumers to invest in well-made and lasting clothes. (source:

Slow fasion
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