- story by MaterialDistrict
Hévé textiles collection (formerly called Tchouc) is the result of La Gadoue’s research on latex coating on natural canvas. This hand-made composite material is a vegetal alternative to leather. The idea is to produce a functional and versatile textile for interior design.
Many existing alternatives for leather are using synthetic fabric and plastic coating. Looking for a more sustainable material, La Gadoue decided to use the natural textiles linen and jute as base canvas. The cultivation and transformation of these fibres requires little water and no chemicals. For the coating, La Gadoue uses natural rubber, which comes from the sap of the rubber tree.
This hand-made material has also a very soft touch and an elegant and authentic look. The manual process of coating generates unique patterns and textures that couldn’t be achieved in an industrial process.