The fashion industry is ever growing and is very strongly inter-connected. Connecting industries from one end of the world to the other, the fashion industry is one of the most heavily working industries of this century. Unfortunately for global industries, this means that transparency can easily be lost. Within the clothing industry alone, there are cotton growers, silk breeders, fabric dyers, screen printers, sewers, not to mention zipper and button manufacturers and more.
With all of the middlemen involved, many big brands and retailers cannot point to the factories where their products are from. This causes brands to be unaware of the place or the people that are working for them. This lack of transparency and cost cutting often leads to human rights violations and costs of lives. It is unknown to most that all low paid wagers are the people who are making the clothes and are the worst sufferers of this chain cycle. There are many unsafe and unethical practices that involve around many of clothing production. Starting from chemical dyeing of clothes by hands, huge heating machines for calendaring etc. These processes show how much the addiction of fashion has pushed helpless people to cater to the unethical needs of the high society who dreams are beyond harmful.
This is why we are committed to transparency. Today is fashion revolution day, so take a minute to learn about our impact on the community we work with, what we’re doing to help promote transparency in the industry and how you can help by understanding the local artisans, handloom and handmade weavers, Eco-loving individuals committed to the welfare of a society and the environment.
It is a love and hate relation that we have with scarves; in summers it’s way too hot and sticky to be wrapped around in the neck but we love it because it protects us from the sun. In the winters the scarf warms us up but if it gets a little hot we are burdened to carry it like a dead organ. But no matter what every girl has that one special scarf that is always with them, in sickness and in style. And why are we forgetting the men? Men look awfully good with a good scarf wrapped around them in a gorgeous kurta.
This is where scarf romance comes in. Imagine your scarf not only makes you look good but also has a completely diverse meaning to it. There are a variety of scarves: woolen, silk, cotton, mulberry, cashmere, netted etc. But what makes me so romantically attached with scarves is the way they are made and feel. From a tiny yarn it is reeled and weaved. Then the scarf goes on to the skilled hands of a fine artist that embroidery every inch of it with completely care; be it just a star studded pin on the surface of scarf or the sewing machine drilling an absurd design into it. If it always gets better when there is a history of love behind the scarf that is worn.
Imagine the scarves you are wearing right now is made by a woman who was once a part of the guerrilla warfare or was captured and abused by terrorists. The woman who once held a gun is now creating scarves and shawls for us to wear.
Many organizations are helping women leave behind a violent past and helping them in settling a life by creating clothes which also consists of scarves. Examples of such organizations are The Fabric Social and Srishti NGO. The women involved in and around the creation of scarves are lovers who have found the pleasure in the simple fabric wrapped around their neck; after all we still recall and remember “The girl in the Green Scarf”.
So, all scarf lovers out there, let us feel fabulous and radiance by wearing the best scarves in the world. Not something that is costly or over rated, instead something which is made by love and has change the lives of a person.
SRISHTI NGO takes their first stand in ethical fashion with the new year special edition of the monthly assamese magazine ‘Pratishruti‘. We are trying to get the word out about ethical fashion: how it works and what we do by going local. What other better way to reach a mass then blending in. With our new designs we tried to do a little twist of ethical fashion with our traditional fashion. Check out all our new twists in the gallery.
While it is majorly found in the North East of India, Eri is also known as Errandi and Endi Silk. The word ‘Eri’ is inspired from the Assamese word ‘era’ which means castor. The silk worms that produce Eri silk feed on castor plants, hence deriving the name ‘eri’. Eri Silk is one of the purest forms of Silk that is a true and genuine product of the Samia cynthia ricini worm. Eri Silk is called the father of all forms of cultured and textured Silks. Eri Silk is the only domesticated silk produced in India, as the process doesn’t involve any killing of the silk worm, also naming Eri silk as ‘Ahimsa (ahinsa) silk or fabric of peace.
Khamseng Bohagi, busy with some work on the loom. An example for the young generation.
SRISHTI NGO is an Organization that strives for authentic handwoven fabrics and eri/muga silk. We work in the rural areas of Assam which has a history of handloom textile and silk yarn production. Our work consists of organising weavers, spinners, reelers and artisans of all kinds, provide them training, arrange them into small self help groups, provide technical and basic infrastructural support for streamlined production. the artisans are also provided design and marketing support.
Srishti handlooms is an ethical fashion organization and we strive to provide maximum benefits to the people and community involved in the whole process of manufacturing. Srishti strives for minimum impact on the environment and sustainability.
Srishti gives training, marketing support, production of yarn and emphasis on quality production. our mission is to promote handwoven Eri Silk in the international arena.