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Fair Trade Matters

October 19, 2021

Fair Trade Matters

We are both a US brand and an artisan manufacturing company based in Jaipur, India. From our inception, we have been committed to fair trade labor standards and have put into place protocols to ensure we were able to achieve them. When we achieved guaranteed member status with the World Fair Trade Organisation, the fair trade standards took on a deeper significance to us.  The process of becoming approved is long and involved.  It helped us grow as an organisation.  It helped us think more deeply about each aspect of fair trade and how we would uphold each standard in daily practise.  It helped us align our values with practical steps to ensure we can maintain those values in daily practice.  

Fair trade is more than paying living wages.  It is also a commitment to no child labor, no forced labor, on time payments, safe and clean working conditions, no discrimination, transparent and equitable working relationships and promoting those same values to the world we interact and do business with.  While this list should be obvious as simply a list of good business practices or a list of civil and decent humanitarian practices, we live in a world where it is important to spell out and articulate each and every standard and how we ensure that standard.  We live in a world where most of the labor jobs across the globe do not meet these standards.  They are often challenging to meet.  They take a daily vigilance to meet.  

We have developed policies around many specific points for each standard: gender policy, women’s development policy, no discrimination policy, proof of age, transparent worker contract agreements and help understanding those agreements for those we employ who are non literate, broken needle policy, fabric sourcing policy, energy and environmental policy to conserve energy and protect environmental standards, living wage calculations, to name a few.  

We use spreadsheets and tracking systems for all orders to ensure we don’t miss details and that each person on our team knows their responsibility and the standard.  We each hold ourselves to that standard so that we can work as a team.  We calculate costs and order delivery dates with a primary focus on ensuring on time payments to all employees.  We also provide a bonuses three times a year equaling one month salary.  We divide the bonus to help artisan workers with financial planning for their families and their children’s education.  We provide pension funds, and micro loans for health, home improvements, education.  If we were a large corporation, providing these things might be easy financially, but we are a small, artisan manufacturer so it requires careful planning to ensure we can always meet these targets.   It requires prioritising our employees in every decision we make.  And this is how it should be.  We are only as strong as the relationships we build.

Every company draws its strength from its team of employees.  Fair trade practices allow us to draw strength from transparent and equitable working relationships, from holding ourselves accountable to everyone we work with regardless of status. As consumers, and as business owners, we can choose to uphold more equitable labor standards. It is an effort and a process of continual improvement.   It is not black and white or always easy to implement. But it matters. It matters to all of us.




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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

h4XS/ 36

h4S/ 38

h4M/40

h4L/ 42

h4XL/44

h4chest

h435.5 inches/ 90 cm

h437.5 inches/95 cm

h439.5 inches/ 100 cm

h441.5 inches/ 105 cm

h444.5 inches. 113 cm

h44cm extra from body

h4waist

h426 inches/ 66 cm

h428 inches/ 71 cm

h430 inches/ 76 cm

h432 inches/ 81 cm

h435 inches/ 89 cm

h4fitted

h4low waist

h428 inches/71 cm

h430 inches/76 cm

h432 inches/ 81 cm

h434 inches/ 86 cm

h437 inches/ 94 cm

h4fitted

h4hip

h437 inches/ 94 cm

h439 inches/ 99 cm

h441 inches/ 104 cm

h443 inches/ 109 cm

h446 inches/ 1

h44cm 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.

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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.