First of all, Anna, I thank you for the lovely garments my husband, Barry bought for me at the Yoga and Wellness Show. Barry and I got married Thanksgiving weekend. I wore those undergarments for my wedding day. So soft, natural and comforting....I can tell they are made with care and expertise. -Andrea L.
We are loving the underwear! Thank you for your dedication to natural craftsmanship...it's wonderful! -Tina T.
I'm wearing the nightie a lot - AND LOVE IT! Thanks again, April C.
The fabric feels like heaven on earth. -Christine Your stuff is just as we thought it would be. -Christine's partner.
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST PRODUCT!! STUNNING!! -Trish D.
This is the most innovative ecological system of sourcing, creating and caring for garments I've seen. -visitor, Yoga and Wellness Show, Sept 2019.
With gentle attention to detail in both the fabric and aromatherapy, Anna has created truly a luxurious natural garment experience. Don't hesitate, and experience Sanctuary Innerwear to excite all your senses as I have. So grateful, Anna for your beautiful creations. Thank you.:) Kathy Smart, HTC, PTS, RNC, RSNA, RNCP, FIS, FKI
I will be teaching 2 workshops at Abbey Gardens in Haliburton this summer. In "The Joy of Hydrosols" (Sat. June 15), I talk about the therapeutic benefits of herb hydrosols and lead you through a very easy method to make your own. You will come away with a bottle of your own hydrosol, as well as knowledge on how to incorporate this new plant-connection into your life. Click on the link below for more information and to register.
In "The Magic of Indigo" (Sat. Aug. 3), we use real indigo (in leaf and powder form) to make a dye vat. Armed with a silk scarf (which you take home), you will experiment with different resist techniques and then watch as the indigo does its magic thing, transforming Blah... to Wha? to WOW!! The link below will take you to more info and registration.
Dear Anna: I wanted to drop you a line to say how much I am enjoying my new nightgown from IAG originals. The fabric is so soft and comfortable and the workmanship is excellent. I am so glad that I found you! I will definitely order more items. I really like that environmental aspect of the work that you do. (a note from Anna: the nightgown is one which I have brought over from iag Originals... see a post below... to Sanctuary Innerwear)
The package arrived and i love the colour. I’m very happy with my new corselet Kerry says it looks terrific. Fits perfectly! Many many thanks!
I met Anna at the Halliburton Art and Craft Festival and was introduced to Iag Originals a local (Ontario) Company she started up using Tencel in her hand sewn garments. I bought a pair of her pants and fell in love. By far the most comfortable pair of pants I have ever worn. I emailed her to see what other colours she had and she emailed right back with a picture of fabric in a light indigo. I asked if she could darken it and “poof” she did and within a few days I had them on! If you want comfortable clothes with lots of style look no further than Iag Originals.ca
I get this question at shows. People love the smell of the swatches I take with me and use for my "Stretch and Sniff" promotion. I show them that I spray the fabric with the Re-infusing Spray, a spray that I give you when you purchase a Set, along with the Re-infusing Whipped Soap. So, what makes a scent and what role does it play in Sanctuary Innerwear garments? Scents or aromas are generated by aromatic oils in the plant, such as alkaloids, and we know that essential oils contain them. In the hydro-distillation process, which I use to make the Re-infusing Spray and Soap, the steam rises and most of the oils are left behind in the pot. Therefor, the scent is less intense in my Re-infusing Sprays than it would be in an essential oil. However, there is still a gentle aromatic reminder of each plant that I use in my blends, and this helps to bring the intention back to the mind of the wearer as she goes about her day, and especially after re-infusing. Now let's consider another, less obvious benefit of plants embedded into clothing: the therapeutic benefits. The constituents of the plant which calm, energize, clarify, or warm are actually chemicals in the plant itself. These have dissolved in water and many of them have entered the hydrosol, and therefor, the garment. These are numerous: rose contains over 400 different chemicals, clary sage around 250, and lavender over 100 ("Hydrosols: the Next Aromatherapy" by Suzanne Catty, 2001). Now, I'm not making any claims, but who is to say that these healing compounds are not being transferred through osmosis from the hydrosol (and the Whipped Soap) through your garment to you? Here's what I can claim, however: I am doing everything possible to situate and maintain healthful plant constituents next to your skin and under your nose :)
Three jars of 100% pure distillate of herbs (hydrosols). Each jar is the distillate of a single herb (the need to label is great!). Then I blend these hydrosols to infuse the garments and make the Re-infusing Spray. No water is ever added.
Sanctuary Innerwear is my second business venture. iag Originals www.facebook.com/iag.originals/ was the first. iag stands for "It's All Good". In this line, I explored Lenzing Tencel fabrics and plant dyes, work which informed Sanctuary Innerwear. I also designed pants, tops, tunics, body suits and vests with styles derived from folkwear with the express purpose of fitting many body shapes. These garments were still shapely with beautiful details, features I have carried through to my present work. I enjoyed displaying my line as if from an 1850's travelling cart called "Anna's Dyed Goods", complete with antique trunks, working water barrel and pump, rocking chair and pop-up changeroom.
During this time, I noticed that the same constituents in plants which gave colour also had the potential to heal. I began a journey of learning about herbs through theherbalacademy.com/ and ayurvastra. The chemise and short, which you see in white in the picture above, was the first style in the new direction of innerwear. I'm currently enjoying contemplating the potential of herbs to act on a person's body and mind through their clothing and hope one day to involve more people in my community in this new and exciting venture.