Life Rites and Day Keeper Burial Shrouds

Day Keeper has designed and hand made a range or organic burial shrouds, in collaboration with Life Rites.

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Calico  Our calico shroud is a stunningly simple 100% unbleached cotton fabric. The natural quality of calico fabric, it’s wheaty smell and the beautiful seeds and flecks woven into the cloth give it an earthy feel which brings comfort and familiarity. It has a warm, creamy colour which looks beautiful as it is, or it can be dyed or printed.

Calico
Our calico shroud is a stunningly simple 100% unbleached cotton fabric. The natural quality of calico fabric, it’s wheaty smell and the beautiful seeds and flecks woven into the cloth give it an earthy feel which brings comfort and familiarity. It has a warm, creamy colour which looks beautiful as it is, or it can be dyed or printed.

Hemp/Organic Cotton   The combination of hemp and organic cotton fibres makes this our most environmentally friendly shroud. The hemp fibre lends this cloth a textured feel and combined with soft cotton, this cloth has both substance and drape. This is a medium weight cloth which comes unbleached in a beautiful natural colour with flecks through the fabric. It would dye or print beautifully.

Hemp/Organic Cotton

The combination of hemp and organic cotton fibres makes this our most environmentally friendly shroud. The hemp fibre lends this cloth a textured feel and combined with soft cotton, this cloth has both substance and drape. This is a medium weight cloth which comes unbleached in a beautiful natural colour with flecks through the fabric. It would dye or print beautifully.

Silk Noil/Seedy Silk  This is a short-fibre woven 100% silk shroud with the beautiful weight and drape of silk combined with a raw unprocessed finish. It is soft and comforting to the touch but falls in sculptural and elegant folds. The natural colour is off-white with flecks and this fabric looks beautiful dyed or printed.

Silk Noil/Seedy Silk
This is a short-fibre woven 100% silk shroud with the beautiful weight and drape of silk combined with a raw unprocessed finish. It is soft and comforting to the touch but falls in sculptural and elegant folds. The natural colour is off-white with flecks and this fabric looks beautiful dyed or printed.


Coffins and Caskets

Return to Sender ' Artisan'  A beautiful iconic casket. Award winning new Zealand design. This model was named the ‘Artisan’ having been initially chosen by families of architects, artists and craftspeople. Many people are attracted to the woodgrain and wool fleece, environmentalists have chosen it for the minimal use of materials and eco-iconic appearance and others have chosen it just to express individuality. The Artisan’s unique design encourages celebration of life rather than mourning death and is particularly suited to those who refused a life of grey conformity.  Families wanting an open casket will find the low sides a welcome feature – mourners can sit with the deceased without having to stand and peer down into a box.

Return to Sender ' Artisan'
A beautiful iconic casket. Award winning new Zealand design. This model was named the ‘Artisan’ having been initially chosen by families of architects, artists and craftspeople. Many people are attracted to the woodgrain and wool fleece, environmentalists have chosen it for the minimal use of materials and eco-iconic appearance and others have chosen it just to express individuality. The Artisan’s unique design encourages celebration of life rather than mourning death and is particularly suited to those who refused a life of grey conformity.

Families wanting an open casket will find the low sides a welcome feature – mourners can sit with the deceased without having to stand and peer down into a box.

Architype Pine  A modern take on a traditional shape. Finely finished pine casket with a subtle wax sheen.  The handles are integrated in wood so metal or plastic handles are not required. The interior is a feature and does not need to be hidden with fabric. The lid is fixed by wooden keys (supplied) and can be clipped to the sides when open.

Architype Pine
A modern take on a traditional shape. Finely finished pine casket with a subtle wax sheen.

The handles are integrated in wood so metal or plastic handles are not required. The interior is a feature and does not need to be hidden with fabric. The lid is fixed by wooden keys (supplied) and can be clipped to the sides when open.

Fernwood  Simplicity with a touch of kiwi style. Adorned with a native fern.

Fernwood
Simplicity with a touch of kiwi style.
Adorned with a native fern.


Recycled Cardboard  This Flat Lid Recycled coffin is made from honeycomb cardboard with no veneer. The coffin is a true eco-coffin – less formal yet dignified 100% recycled cardboard with 100% bio-degradable corn starch handles, fittings and trim.

Recycled Cardboard
This Flat Lid Recycled coffin is made from honeycomb cardboard with no veneer.
The coffin is a true eco-coffin – less formal yet dignified 100% recycled cardboard with 100% bio-degradable corn starch handles, fittings and trim.

The Natural ‘Raw’ Pine Veneer Coffin  Made of high quality honeycomb recycled cardboard, surrounded by a thin pine veneer and is environmentally friendly. This coffin is suitable for burial and cremation; it decreases the carbon emissions when used for cremation.

The Natural ‘Raw’ Pine Veneer Coffin
Made of high quality honeycomb recycled cardboard, surrounded by a thin pine veneer and is environmentally friendly. This coffin is suitable for burial and cremation; it decreases the carbon emissions when used for cremation.

Baby Crib  With wool fleece mattress Optional engraving on lid Easily cradled

Baby Crib
With wool fleece mattress
Optional engraving on lid
Easily cradled