Our handmade scarves collective is based in New Delhi, India. They work exclusively with small marginalized communities throughout India and focus on traditional handmade techniques in all their pieces. This includes techniques like hand weaving, khadi (hand spun and hand woven), batik (wax writing) and Ajark (block printing).
The collective won us over for their commitment to the environment and use of natural dyes. They only work with organic/sustainable fabrics such as, organic cotton, wool, silk and linen. At the moment, we only source their organic cotton. As for their natural dyes, they hold up to the same strict principles as all our natural dyes. They even go a step further and recycle wastewater for re-use in future dye lots. Oh and as always, the natural dyeing process is 100% compostable!
the artisans | ethical initiatives
The collective is made up of about 30 artisans. All artisans are provided a living wage and steady employment. Since all artisans in the collective work in rural areas of India, steady employment is crucial for each artisans long term financial outlook. They goal is not to expand until they can provide that same promise to another artisan.
The collective does a ton of amazing things but also has areas for improvement. Our goal is to continue to work with the team, as we grow together, to improve other aspects of their business. Our initial plan is to focus on health benefits and community growth. As always, we plan to listen to the artisans themselves and find other ways to improve the their livelihood and the communities that support them.
We are so excited to have them as part of our team and can’t wait show off their amazing skills!