I've been reading a densely informative blog (blog collection) addressing the eco-sensitive fabric/textile issue I mention in my grant proposal:
find it here: Organic Clothing Blogs
In looking into just what eco sensitive fabrics to use if I receive the grant money (and even if I don't!), Michael provides great clarity around textile production of all kinds (ie: cotton, hemp, silk, bamboo, etc.).
I hope you'll check out this blog if the topic interests you in the least.
I'm tuned into Bamboo fabrics as they have a similar drape and sheen to silk and are derived from such an easily grown plant!