WHY SUSTAINABLE FASHION
The clothing and textile industry is not always kind to our planet and sadly our clothing too easily ends up in landfills. At Sari For Change, we believe it is possible to reduce the amount of negative impact and to share awareness and transparency in creating our garments.
Our contribution to reducing our carbon footprint is in upcycling the sari fabric whilst preventing it from ending up in a landfill. Our commitment we have made in establishing our values towards our social and environmental impact are as follows:
We will strive to always improve, grow, and learn not just ourselves but our full team of women who are always learning new skills and are at different stages of their learnings to eventually become our supplier. We openly share our resources as each sari is either generously donated to us or we buy in saris from similar NPOS supporting women in the women's empowerment space.
of the material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing at the end of its life cycle.
Ethics and Values
MATERIALS / TEXTILES : All our materials and textiles are 100% recycled / up-cycled.
Design: all our designs are focused around the original sari as we honour the initial artist first and try and use each embellishment in a creative new way
MANUFACTURE: We are committed to working with a small production house who has a positive company culture and has been producing for us for the last 4 years. They provide fair working conditions and conduxt their business in an ethical manner. We offer the ladies in the factory ongoing training on emotional wellbeing as well as offering them an opportunity to produce independently so that their lives are looked to be improved on all levels. We are patient with their progress and promote quality over quantity.
Transparency and sustainability are at our core as we align with the fashion revolution in promoting slow and ethical fashion.
PACKAGING: We have a no plastic policy at Sari For Change and all our bags for retail and wholesale are made from leftover sari fabric from the floor. This ensures no waste and this is the start of training for new women starting at Sari for Change. Once they perfect the sewing of the bags they move on to the next stage of training.
If you shop online or visit us in the studio, our packaging is all recycled, recyclable, and reusable.
We support and promote traditional hand craftsmanship and look to promote and support disadvantaged communities through the practice of the sacred economy. Sari for change finds safe spaces at schools or community halls for training sessions in beading or embroidery. We often form partnerships with these women to collaborate on products. Ideally, if women are not keen to use a sewing machine, we offer them alternatives through hand stitching. In this way, new skills are always been learned. We rely on our experienced ladies as they pay it forward in training the new intake of women.
WHY THE SARI
The beauty of a sari lies not in the wonderfully meshed together fabrics of silk but in the rich heritage of the sari worn by millions of women on a daily basis fitting to the environment, context and culture.
The Sari or Saree is a garment traditionally worn in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Traditionally it is a single piece of unstitched fabric ranging from 4 to 8 metres in length, varying in density for varying drapes, typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder. Today the production of a sari extends to include textiles woven by a mill, or by hand including silk and cotton, more recently including crepe, georgette, chiffon, charmeuse, and satin. Each garment produced is one of a kind, containing an array of fabrics, colours, design, and beadwork.
It can be an heirloom passed down through generations or a functional garment worn every day. It is seen on streets, runways and has influenced fashion designers across the world. We are honoured when a sari finds a second home with us at Sari for Change