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Women's Upcycling Project

March 08, 2015

Women's Upcycling Project


women's upcycling project at Mehera ShawOur women's upcycling project is continuing and growing!  We've successfully completed several small orders and now have many more women anxious to join the program.  Our next steps include: developing a small product catalog of types of products the women can make which will be available for placing orders establish a formal mentoring program which can also support the formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) so that we can gradually extend our network in a workable way, and provide not only hands-on skills training for specific products, but ongoing mentoring, skills development, quality control training and viable orders. All products are made with post-product scrap fabric (almost entirely organic cotton prints from our collections).  Products include fashion accessories, homewares, bags, trims, applique, cutwork decorations.  All products are made almost entirely by hand, and, by using scrap fabric, raw materials expenses are limited to only the sewing needles and thread.  Mehera Shaw Foundation supports the training and liaises with Mehera Shaw Textiles to supply all raw materials to the women.  The women have no out-of-pocket costs and get paid cash for completed pieces which pass the quality standard. We are currently reaching out to customers to build a network of supporters so we can supply enough orders for the women.  If interested, please write to shari@meherashaw.com for more information.
 Our women's upcycling project is continuing and growing!  We've successfully completed several small orders and now have many more women anxious to join the program.  Our next steps include: developing a small product catalog of types of products the women can make which will be available for placing orders establish a formal mentoring program which can also support the formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) so that we can gradually extend our network in a workable way, and provide not only hands-on skills training for specific products, but ongoing mentoring, skills development, quality control training and viable orders. All products are made with post-product scrap fabric (almost entirely organic cotton prints from our collections).  Products include fashion accessories, homewares, bags, trims, applique, cutwork decorations.  All products are made almost entirely by hand, and, by using scrap fabric, raw materials expenses are limited to only the sewing needles and thread.  Mehera Shaw Foundation supports the training and liaises with Mehera Shaw Textiles to supply all raw materials to the women.  The women have no out-of-pocket costs and get paid cash for completed pieces which pass the quality standard. We are currently reaching out to customers to build a network of supporters so we can supply enough orders for the women.  If interested, please write to shari@meherashaw.com for more information.


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Fit/Sizing/Care
FIT

Our styles are meant to give room to breath and move.  We use fine tailoring coupled with a relaxed, comfortable fit.

We use a fit guide for each of our styles to provide more information about the fit that was intended.

Slim Fit: a close fit to the body. Regular Fit: a comfortable, relaxed fit with room around the body. Generous Fit: a very loose fit (such as in our oversized blouses) with lots of room around the body for ease of movement.

 

SIZING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XS/ 36

S/ 38

M/40

L/ 42

XL/44

 

 

chest

35.5 inches/ 90 cm

37.5 inches/95 cm

39.5 inches/ 100 cm

41.5 inches/ 105 cm

44.5 inches. 113 cm

4cm extra from body

waist

26 inches/ 66 cm

28 inches/ 71 cm

30 inches/ 76 cm

32 inches/ 81 cm

35 inches/ 89 cm

fitted

 

low waist

28 inches/71 cm

30 inches/76 cm

32 inches/ 81 cm

34 inches/ 86 cm

37 inches/ 94 cm

fitted

 

hip

37 inches/ 94 cm

39 inches/ 99 cm

41 inches/ 104 cm

43 inches/ 109 cm

46 inches/ 1

4cm extra from body

 

 

WASHCARE

All garments have been washed several times during the printing/dyeing and manufacturing process.  

CARE for 100% cotton

We recommend cold water machine wash (up to 30 degrees celsius) with a bio detergent and either tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade for all of our 100% cotton garments/homewares (except for quilts).  

Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.  

Do not use bleach or stain remover.

Cold water wash and low heat drying or line drying in the shade will increase the life of the garment, prolong the vibrancy of the colors and reduce energy use. Shrinkage on all cottons is minimal, approximately 3%.

Garments/homewares are dyed or printed using AZO free, low-impact, pigment or reactive dyes unless otherwise noted.  These dyes are color-fast, but care should still be taken to wash with like colors to retain the vibrancy of the colors.

CARE for 100% cotton quilts

For quilts with cotton fill, we recommend spot or light surface cleaning only with a damp cloth and mild detergent.  Eco-friendly dry cleaning is also recommended. 

CARE for herbal/vegetable dye items

Vegetable dyes are not colorfast and are specifically marked in the product description.  We strongly recommend that all vegetable dye products be washed once before use in a cold water wash with minimal detergent.  Wash separately. Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  Iron on reverse side.  Do not use bleach or stain remover.

Please keep in mind that indigo dye does continually fade over time.  This is the nature of true indigo dye and is not a defect, but rather a sign of the 'living' nature of the dye.

CARE for silk and cotton/silk

For our silk and cotton silk garments/homewares, we also recommend gentle cycle machine wash cold water (up to 30 degrees celsius) or delicate hand washing to increase the life of the garment and reduce the environmental footprint from energy use, detergents and water wastage.  

Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  

Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.

Do not use bleach or stain remover.

Dry cleaning using an eco-friendly service is also recommended.

CARE for linen and cotton/linen

For our linen and cotton linen garments/homewares, we also recommend gentle cycle machine wash cold water (up to 30 degrees celsius) or delicate hand washing to increase the life of the garment and reduce the environmental footprint from energy use, detergents and water wastage.  

Tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade.  

Iron on reverse side of garment following fabric settings.

Do not use bleach or stain remover.

 

 

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