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Ethical is the New Black!  A Do Good, Feel Good Holiday Gift Guide

Ethical is the New Black! A Do Good, Feel Good Holiday Gift Guide

November 28, 2019

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India’s Street Scene isn’t all Saris & Turbans

India’s Street Scene isn’t all Saris & Turbans

November 06, 2019

India’s streets are a constantly changing spectacle of color, movement and drama, a photographer’s dream. 

And what you see on the streets can be a surprisingly modern fashion scene. India isn’t all saris and turbans. The people of India have an uncanny knack for mixing color and pattern, the avant-garde with the traditional, to create a vibrantly alive form of self expression.

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Limits? Learn to love ‘em - Working with Artisan Block Prints

Limits? Learn to love ‘em - Working with Artisan Block Prints

October 25, 2019

We’re in the midst of a “slow fashion” revolution, one with many facets. The one I’m addressing is a lack of understanding that slow fashion creations—especially those based on heritage handcrafts from another culture—are limited in some ways by the creative process and by elements beyond our control.

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What Fair Trade Means to Us

What Fair Trade Means to Us

October 10, 2019

 In recognition of Fair Trade Month, we are sharing information about our fair trade practices.

As a guaranteed member of the WFTO we adhere to the 10 principles of fair trade which provide employees with living wages, on time payments, a safe and clean working environment, capacity building and transparent terms.  Fair trade holds companies accountable and helps to improve the lives of artisan employees. 

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Re-usable Shopping Bags--The Better Choice

Re-usable Shopping Bags--The Better Choice

October 08, 2019

As of October 2019 we will no longer be using any plastic polybags in our packaging.

We have replaced polybag packaging with re-usable drawstring bags for shipments.  We have also developed a line a fashionably fun re-usable tote, shopping and drawstring bags made from organic cotton and hand block printed.  

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Guaranteed Member WFTO!!!

Guaranteed Member WFTO!!!

September 19, 2019

We are pleased to announce our guaranteed membership to WFTO!  We have been a fair trade manufacturer and brand from our inception, but are now proud to be able to show our commitment through WFTO's guaranteed system. The WFTO logo is a testament to the ideals and values that fair trade stands for. 

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Mehera Shaw Jaipur Shop

Mehera Shaw Jaipur Shop

August 12, 2019

Mehera Shaw Jaipur Shop is now open in Bani Park with a selection of hand block printed women's clothing and homewares.  All in organic cottons.  Always fair trade.

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The Value of Craft

The Value of Craft

May 29, 2019

Craft is vital to our human existence.  Our work is rooted in artisan block printing, one of India's heritage crafts. 

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Fair Trade Innovates! In a Thousand Small Ways Every Day

Fair Trade Innovates! In a Thousand Small Ways Every Day

May 11, 2019

We're celebrating World Fair Trade Day today.  This year's theme is Fair Trade Innovates. We recognize that innovations come in every manner, big and small, throughout not only a fair trade supply chain, but in the people's lives supported by fair trade. 

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What You Wear Matters:  How Fair Trade practices empower women

What You Wear Matters: How Fair Trade practices empower women

May 08, 2019

Does it really matter if you buy a product from a Fair Trade-certified manufacturer, instead of one who isn’t? In the bigger picture, does a single purchase really change the world?

Our answer at Mehera Shaw is an emphatic “YES!”

The welfare of women is of prime importance to Mehera Shaw, a long-time member of the Fair Trade Federation. 

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International Labor Day - Story of a Worker

International Labor Day - Story of a Worker

April 30, 2019

01 May is International Labor Day and a holiday for our workers. 

While we recognize labor day and all labor standards regarding fair trade, we also recognize the people and individual needs of our workers.

Mehera Shaw is proud to practice Fair Trade employment practices. We believe our employees are more productive because they know we pay them fairly, care about them and will support them in time of crisis.

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Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day Gifts

April 27, 2019

Looking for that perfect gift for Mother's Day?  Something that's colorful, useful, affordable, that your mom will actually like, AND ethical?

Check out curated selection of gifts in artisan, hand block printed organic cottons.  All made in-house in Jaipur, India.  Always fair trade.

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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.