Women's Upcyling Project Update

March 08, 2015

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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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.














XS/ 36

S/ 38


L/ 42





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


26 inches/ 66 cm

28 inches/ 71 cm

30 inches/ 76 cm

32 inches/ 81 cm

35 inches/ 89 cm



low waist

28 inches/71 cm

30 inches/76 cm

32 inches/ 81 cm

34 inches/ 86 cm

37 inches/ 94 cm




37 inches/ 94 cm

39 inches/ 99 cm

41 inches/ 104 cm

43 inches/ 109 cm

46 inches/ 1

4cm extra from body





Wash Care

We recommend cold water machine wash with a bio detergent and either tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade for all of our 100% cotton garments.  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%.


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


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