Monarch Butterfly Collection
As a child of the 80’s, I grew up along the migration path of the monarch butterfly. I have spent Summers fascinated by them. But I also saw their decline firsthand. Something that was once so magical as a child, is now a rarity during Summer months. In the last year alone, the population of the monarch butterfly has decreased by 53%.
Monarch butterflies need the milkweed plant to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, due to industrialization and deforestation, the milkweed plant is becoming scarce. At Silk Laundry we’re making strides toward helping the species, and call all friends of Silk Laundry to aid us in this mission. Whether planting milkweed seeds in your local area, or by signing our petition protesting against the destruction of monarch butterfly habitat, you can help us save an entire species.
By supporting our Monarch Butterfly Collection you aid our mission to raise awareness for the declining population of a beloved pollinator. Every Winter, monarch butterflies fly from Canada to Mexico for a three month hibernation. Their 2,500 mile journey can be arduous, and the monarch butterfly is now considered endangered. In the 1980’s there were approximately 4.5 million monarch butterflies, now it’s estimated between 20,000 and 27,000 remain.
Please, help raise awareness and fight for the conservation of the butterfly. Sign our petition to protect their habitat, use our monarch butterfly Instagram filter, and join your voice with ours.
- Katie Kolodinski, Founder & Creative Director
About the Collection
An ode to the Monarch butterfly, this exclusive piece is part of a capsule collection centered around the Monarch butterfly and it’s endangerment.
From Canada to Mexico, the butterfly’s migration is hindered by the destruction of their habitat. It symbolizes a collaborative effort to renew the species' environment through the sharing of knowledge and act of care.
The limited edition print, inspired by the magical insect, is featured on four timeless Silk Laundry pieces: the 90s Silk Slip Dress, the Camp Shirt, the Boxer Shorts and the Big Scrunchie.
All pieces have been hand illustrated by Laura Prochowski and designed across Montreal and Australia by Katie Kolodinski.
Save the Monarchs
Help us save the field of Monarchs.
We oppose the construction by Meltech Innovation Canada, an affiliate of the Medicom Group, of an industrial building to produce medical mask material on the north part of lot 5 599 104 located on Chemin de l'Aviation, Dorval, Quebec.
This industrial building is in completely the wrong place. It is to be located directly on top of Monarch Butterfly Fields, themselves part of an invaluable ecosystem much of which lies within federally-owned land north of Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.
In the accompanying public documentation for this project this statement is made: "No wetlands, waterways, sensitive species or habitats or protected zones are present on the site." The claim that there are no sensitive species on the Monarch Fields, and that they are not a sensitive habitat, is completely false.
Monarch Butterfly Notebook
This notebook is an ode to the Monarch butterfly. It symbolizes a collaborative effort to renew the species' environment through the sharing of knowledge and act of care.
The individual butterfly drawn on each page represents the revitalisation of the Monarch’s species made possible during recent years thanks to the combined efforts of multiple institutions, citizens and organisations to fight against its extinction.
Made of Mulberry paper - Mulberry being a tree that monarchs love to eat and from which silkworms nourish themselves, Hand illustrated by Laura Prochowski and produced locally in the St-Lawrence Valley just outside of Montreal by Bianca of Cahier Scribe.
Planting of the Milkweed Seeds
Each year, thousands of monarch butterflies embark on a great migration.
At the end of 2020 we gifted Milkweed seed packets with all Canadian orders to help rebuild the Monarch Migratory path.
Read more about the initiative and learn about the Milkweed plant here.
The Language of Butterflies
In this fascinating book from the New York Times bestselling author of The Horse, Wendy Williams explores the lives of one of the world's most resilient creatures the butterfly shedding light on the role that they play in our ecosystem and in our human lives.
Butterflies are one of the world's most beloved insects. From butterfly gardens to zoo exhibitions, they are one of the few insects we've encouraged to infiltrate our lives. Yet, what has drawn us to these creatures in the first place? And what are their lives really like? In this groundbreaking book, New York Times bestselling author and science journalist Wendy Williams reveals the inner lives of these flying flowers creatures far more intelligent and tougher than we give them credit for.