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Rajasthani Forts and Water

Rajasthani Forts and Water

February 23, 2019

Water—or the scarcity of water—has always shaped every aspect of life in Rajasthan.

 

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the extensive “plumbing” system of the magnificent Amber Fort, in the mountains outside of Jaipur. Built in 1599 by Raja Mansingh Ji, the palace/fort is a model of water conservation based both on a technically sophisticated system for gathering water and intelligent storage solutions. It provided for both the humans and the animals living in the fort.

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And….we have water—clear water!

And….we have water—clear water!

February 16, 2019

Mehera Shaw’s master printer Ghanshaym Ji turned a spigot, releasing a stream of clear water from the highest of three concrete tanks recently installed at our block-printing facility in Rajasthan. 

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Fair Trade and Environmental Sustainability Move International Fashion Beyond Glamour

Fair Trade and Environmental Sustainability Move International Fashion Beyond Glamour

February 15, 2019

Glitz and glamour are no longer the full story of fashion, as industry leaders—and governments—increasingly take responsibility for social and environmental problems created or made worse by the ways clothing is manufactured, cared for and discarded. Like yogurt, the concepts of fair trade and environmental sustainability have morphed from being considered weird and vaguely cult-like, to mainstream and de rigueur  for the socially “woke.”

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Introducing Our Ibiza Homewares

Introducing Our Ibiza Homewares

December 28, 2018

Our upcoming homewares range of block printed comforters, cushion covers, couch throws, table linens and loungewear is a fresh take on home and sustainable living that fits contemporary life styles.

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CleanWater4Artisans Update

CleanWater4Artisans Update

December 16, 2018

CleanWater4Artisans Update from our Director of Development and coordinator of our Indiegogo campaign, Susan Caba

For those who contributed to the campaign for a new water filtration system for Mehera Shaw--Progress is being rapidly made. The crew in Jaipur, India, rigged up a small model of a gravity filtration system, poured in ultra-concentrated dye water and, 30 minutes later, out came a glass of clear water.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

November 17, 2018

This set of gifts is for all those people in your life who love
something creative, unique, handmade and fun!
Beautifully hand made gifts that you'll admire,
use and enjoy over and over.
Thoughtfully curated and affordable.
Our gift collection is available
on our online shopping through the 
and at our Chapel Hill, NC POP-UP SHOPS

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Upcycled Holiday Gifts Made by our Women Artisans

Upcycled Holiday Gifts Made by our Women Artisans

November 14, 2018

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Cozy Fall Jackets -- Stop by at one of our Pop-Ups for Your Holiday Shopping!

Cozy Fall Jackets -- Stop by at one of our Pop-Ups for Your Holiday Shopping!

October 31, 2018

A quilted jacket for fall is so cozy, perfect for taking the chill out of a fall day.

Mehera Shaw’s quilted jackets—like this Nepali-style wrap in taupe—provide not only warmth but a pop of artisan style. The fabric is hand-printed on organic cotton with vegetable dyes, then assembled and quilted in our Jaipur, India facility.

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Visit Our Jaipur Boutique!

Visit Our Jaipur Boutique!

October 29, 2018

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Jaipur Boutique.  We have made a number of renovations and hope you'll be patient with us as we continue to make improvements on our look and style.  

Fantastic Diwali discounts on our fall collection!

We look forward to welcoming you to our Shop!

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Chapel Hill!

Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Chapel Hill!

October 29, 2018

Come visit us and enjoy the homey atmosphere of our in-house pop-up shops on our mini-farm just outside Chapel Hill!  We've got 3 Fall and Holiday pop-up shops upcoming for November and December. We're looking forward to seeing everyone again!  We'll have cidar and munchies as well to help fuel your shopping experience.  We will have our fall women's collection, homewares, scarves, organic hand block printed fabric, upcycled gift items and wooden hand blocks available for purchase.  Click for dates and directions.

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Updates on our Clean Water 4 Artisans Project

Updates on our Clean Water 4 Artisans Project

June 05, 2018

We raised over $6,000 through our campaign which we will put toward building a new ETP system, a rain water catchment system and obtaining GOTS certification.  We will also donate 10% of the funds we received toward donating village/artisan water filtration systems to other block printers.

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Striving for that Little Bit More! Help Support Clean Water 4 Artisans!

Striving for that Little Bit More! Help Support Clean Water 4 Artisans!

May 26, 2018

As many of you know, we've been running a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo for the past month to raise funds for a new water filtration system for our block printing facility near Jaipur, India. We still have a few days left of our campaign and, in the spirit of optimism - the  spirit which has led us every step of the way - we are striving for that little bit extra.  You can help us!  Purchase one or many, of our fantastic perks from our Indiegogo campaign site: https://igg.me/at/cleanwater4artisaans/x/17721521

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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.

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