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Fashion Revolution - RELATIONSHIPS

April 17, 2021

Fashion Revolution - RELATIONSHIPS

Our relationships across the fair trade supply chain are what make fair trade so different from fast fashion.  Relationships form between raw materials suppliers, manufacturers and artisan producers, brands and end customers.  When each relationship along the supply chain is based on equitable, transparent, respectful communication and trading practices, everyone profits.  The supply chain becomes sustainable on a human level.  To refer back to the WFTO perspective on relationships:  “Buyer and producer relationships are ‘based on reciprocal benefits and fair exchanges and should be of a nature that extends beyond trading itself.”  Buyers should collect feedback from end consumers and share it with producer groups; buyers should view themselves as representatives of producers, should work together for the greater good in terms of sharing information and building a network of fair trade businesses.  Fair trade buyers should support producer groups financially, in terms of resources and hand-in-hand training as relevant.”

 

Fair trade is a large scale commitment on the part of each and every participant, not just a checklist for the manufacturer to ‘prove’ they meet.  Fair trade is a responsibility that all participants in the supply chain bear to ensure sustainability, equity, respect.  Forming sustainable, fair trade relationships also shifts the power dynamic from the long-standing colonizing mind-set of the Global North dictating terms to the Global South, and instead, starts to shift trading to more equitable relationships built on collaboration, intent on sustaining everyone.

 

These kinds of relationships take work, adjustment,  and long term commitment. Mehera Shaw is committed to working with both our suppliers and customers on both sides of the supply chain over the long-term, by building trusted relationships.  On the supplier side, we maintain a strict fabric sourcing policy which is in support of India’s farmers.  We source only from within India, source either GOTS certified organic cottons, handloom natural fibre fabrics which directly support artisans, or work with NGOs and cooperatives which support artisan weavers.  We take into consideration the full picture— both the environmental footprint and the labor standards when selecting fabric suppliers. 

 

On the customer side, Mehera Shaw consciously works with like-minded clients and customers who commit to fair trade and ethical standards and who promote sustainability in fashion and work toward transparent, collaborative trading practices.  We strongly believe these relationships are what make the difference. We try to provide as many details as possible our about supply chain when working with customers to give clear insight about our standards, process, and work environment. The saying, ‘It takes a village’ is true.  It takes all of us, working together in respectful ways to develop a product that supports, rather than causes harm.




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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.  

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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.  

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