Our mission is to create beautiful clothing that connects people to community and nature.
Pamut garments are inspired by the beauty and simplicity natural fibers. We use only linen, silk, cotton, and hemp to craft our pieces. Each Pamut silhouette highlights the best properties of each fabric, which include breathability, drape, texture, and softness.
Every piece is crafted by hand in North Carolina, either by Kat in her Raleigh studio or by Opportunity Threads in the foothills of NC. We believe that sustainable fashion should be inclusive, so each piece is made in XS-4XL, with custom sizing available at no extra charge.
A positive production space.
We produce all of our woven garments in-house. To make our organic tees, we work with the most eco-friendly small production facilities in North Carolina.
You are worthy of clothes that fit.
The community we’re building supports women of all shapes and sizes. We strive to offer the widest range of sizing possible for our small business. Each piece is available in sizes XS-2XL, with pants available up to 3XL.
I’m Kat, and I’m the maker behind Pamut Apparel. I live in Raleigh, NC with my partner, Francisco. I wish I could add “and our two adorable puppies”, but sadly I have neither the time nor the immune system to handle furry animals… maybe one day, and with enough allergy medication. Both Francisco and I grew up in Raleigh and were, in fact, friends in high school before we began dating in our late twenties. We have a huge love for our home state, although it took me a while to return after childhood. I’m an adventurer at heart, and always had a craving to travel and explore.
I took a big step out of my comfort zone when I moved to Budapest, Hungary back in 2014. This was where Pamut began, so that I could obtain a residential visa. Getting a self-employment visa in Europe is now much more difficult after the immigration crisis, but at the time it was do-able (if you were willing to sit in government offices for the better part of a month). I loved my time in Hungary, and found that living there changed my perception of what matters in life. People in Hungary don’t earn much, but have a great zeal for enjoying the moment. There’s a lot less showing off and a lot more living life.
When I began making screenprinted cotton t-shirts in Budapest, my only goal was to make a little money to supplement my savings so that I could live abroad for a year or two. After falling out of love with the fashion industry during my stint as a designer at a mall brand, I was feeling somewhat directionless. I was unsure of how I could be happy working in an industry that seemed to be a blatant lie… Pollution, low-wages and poor working conditions, unrealistic body standards, and cheaply made garments. This was not something I could ignore.
I ended up finding the happiness I was searching for by returning to the roots of making clothing. I literally got my hands dirty as I began to dye, print, and sew. It felt great to be cleaning ink out from underneath my fingernails again. I felt like a real maker, not just a designer sending off vague ideas to be crafted by some unknown pair of hands. As my confidence as a maker grew, my renewed passion for beautiful clothing became stronger and more defined. At the same time, I felt a pull to return to my NC roots. I moved back to Raleigh, a city that has changed so much since my childhood.
Back in North Carolina, I spend most of my time in my studio. I enjoy most of that time (hours and hours of podcasts, anyone?), but I do wish I had more freedom to travel. When I’m not working, you can probably find me sweatin’ out all those toxins in hot yoga or grabbing an oat milk latte with one of my wonderful creative friends (Ok, ok, or drinking a lot of wine. I do unhealthy things too). I feel so blessed to have a great maker community here, and if you’re ever thinking of moving to Raleigh I will most definitely introduce you to some very cool people!
At this stage of my life, I’m feeling especially proud of how I’ve been able to grow Pamut into a company that can support me, that educates people about sustainability, and that helps contribute to North Carolina’s textile industry. NC has a history as a textile state, and my long-term goal with Pamut is to continue that tradition. I’m proud of my roots, and proud of how far I went on my journey to the other side of the world and back home again. I hope my love of making translates directly into you loving and respecting your clothes. I hope it connects you a little bit more to your own roots, and our big beautiful world out there too.