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Overcoming Challenges

October 19, 2021

Overcoming Challenges

As many of you know, our manufacturing is located in Jaipur, India.  In the last eighteen months, we have faced a series of manufacturing challenges.  These challenges have impacted our production schedule, our worker’s health, their families, their children’s education, their mental health and our supply chain for almost all raw materials —cotton fabric, zips, buttons, labels, colors for printing, packing materials—yes, nearly everything, But these challenges have helped us learn not only to be more resilient generally, but have also helped us to become more efficient with time and resources, to be more organised, more focused, more compassionate.  

We experienced another extended period of covid related lockdowns in April and May and the resulting series of supply chain issues.  While we are nearly caught up from those events, we have also been working around increasingly irregular monsoon seasons and climate change in Jaipur.  The monsoon rains have a serious impact on our ability to block print—a core element of all our work.  Our artisan printing unit, like most all units in the Jaipur area, is an open air unit, subject to the weather.  Rain means we have trouble drying newly printed fabric on the bamboo scaffolding traditionally used for drying fabric.  High humidity means the color, after being stamped onto the fabric during block printing, dries more slowly which negatively affects the quality and look of the print and makes controlling clarity and finishing very tricky.  

While we try to plan far in advance to avoid these inherent issues with printing in the monsoon, the earlier lockdowns put us behind schedule and meant we have needed to print in the rainy season.  This often costs us fabric, in terms of prints that don’t meet quality standards and cannot be used in manufacturing orders; this fabric is ‘wasted’ unless we can creatively repurpose it in the form of overdyeing to mask poor quality printing, or in the form of up cycled accessories in which the print flaws show less due to the particular style or unusual use of the fabric.  In these ways we overcome the challenges and reduce the loss of fabric, but are still faced with time loss and additional projects in the process of repurposing.  

We inch our way through difficult circumstances, focusing on what we can do, work with customers to adjust as much as possible and explain the scope of the situation so that together, we can find workable options when circumstances are challenging.

Together, with our staff of stitchers, printers, pattern master, quality checkers, we have been able to improve our communication and teamwork to help reduce delays caused by the lockdowns.  We have been able to improve our planning and scheduling to avoid any gaps in our schedule.  

We also try to work closely with customers to update them on the challenges and circumstances of production, to find best fit options for both parties and to give them a head's up in terms of both ideal and tricky times of year to print.

We feel strongly that being a fair trade manufacturer has made all the difference in our ability to weather the last 18 months of pandemic related challenges.  We work primarily with customers who are also focused on upholding fair trade labor standards and working with us to find solutions rather than cancelling orders when challenges arise.  In many instances, customers have sent advances to help us mitigate the lockdowns.  Our adherence to fair trade standards have also helped us form stronger relationships with our suppliers and everyone in our supply chain so that we can all adjust and work toward a common goal. Fair trade practises have also helped us with planning and maintaining better internal communication, tighter production flow and ability to support our workers.




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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.

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.