Fair Trade

Mehera Shaw staff

The People of Mehera Shaw
What is Fair Trade at Mehera Shaw?

We are a fair trade, ethical manufacturer based in Jaipur, India and are members of the Fair Trade Federation in the US. We are dedicated to manufacturing high quality clothing and homewares based on a business philosophy that puts the human factor first.  All of our garments are made in-house using sweatshop-free, fair labour standards which means:

 

We are a small company and work as a team; we are team of highly trained stitchers along with quality control staff, cutting master, pattern master, support and office staff. We have a dyeing and block printing unit in Sanganer which also operates under the same fair trade standards. We also work with a women’s group through our Foundation development project and follow the same ethical and labour standards within this group.

 

Direct Benefits of Fair Trade

Employee Benefits

Long-term, Indirect Benefits - Working Together for the Benefit of All

We believe the message behind fair trade is passed on to the next generation when people work together and see each other as human beings first.  We believe this is the most important type of understanding which will create long-term positive change for humanity.  We believe an environment of empathy and respect is key to our whole future; together we all benefit.  We believe the benefits of simply treating each other as human beings are there for all of us who are willing to join hands and see ourselves as part of this ‘trade’.

 

Benefits of Fair Trade in the Supply Chain

Fair Trade Environmental Policies

Fair Trade Federation

We are members of the Fair Trade Federation in the US and adhere to all standards of conduct which include:
  •   creating opportunities for marginalized producers
  •   transparent relationships
  •   capacity building
  •   prompt payments
  •   non-discriminatory working conditions, including women's equality
  •   no child labour, no forced labour
  •   positive environmental practices
  •   safe working conditions
  •   respecting cultural identity
The website text of the Fair Trade Federation can be found at:
More in-depth information on fair trade labour standards can also be found at:

Women’s Development

We strongly support women's development as well through hiring practices in our manufacturing company and through a women’s development project with our Foundation. We are gradually adding more women to our stitching staff and hope to create more positions for women. We have a skills training program for women artisans using post production scrap fabric to create design-led upcycled fashion accessories.  For more information on this, please see our 'foundation' page.  For more information on this, please click on our 'foundation' page.

 

The Significance of Fair Trade - Thoughts from our Director

"I have also been asked many times to comment on the statistical evidence that fair trade does some good: what 'proof' can we offer.  What 'success stories' and how many lives have been affected.  What I can say, is that though we are small, each person who works with us is affected in a positive way (myself included); each person, by having income stability, can plan for their children's future, for their families.  Gradually, people make different types of decisions based on job security and freedom of thought.  Their children stay in school, finish school and consequently gain more skills.  Our staff are able to afford more of the things in life which enhance their quality of life.  They have better, more secure lives within the structures of their world.
We all work in a non-discriminatory environment which promotes respect and appreciation of all.  In this environment, we all learn from each other.  My life has been deeply enriched by learning more about their lives. I believe the same is true for our staff who have learned of other cultures, other ways of thinking.  Our staff has learned about many other parts of the world and ideas through meetings and conversations with our customers, interns, buyers. In our system, everyone gradually takes on more responsibility and becomes part of our team. We are greater as a whole than individually, but it is only by each person working for this ideal that we become so.
By making these daily connections between people, by developing long-lasting relationships based on trust, everyone's life has been deeply affected in a positive way.  The effect is not in the statistics, but in the quality of each person's life who is part of our shared dream and reality.  I personally am deeply humbled to work with such sincere people.  
If we all saw each other as human beings first, fair trade would simply be the norm and, one small step at a time, the world would grow in understanding and human kindness.  It is the only way to live and work."  --Shari

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XS/ 36

S/ 38

M/40

L/ 42

XL/44

 

 

chest

35.5 inches/ 90 cm

37.5 inches/95 cm

39.5 inches/ 100 cm

41.5 inches/ 105 cm

44.5 inches. 113 cm

4cm extra from body

waist

26 inches/ 66 cm

28 inches/ 71 cm

30 inches/ 76 cm

32 inches/ 81 cm

35 inches/ 89 cm

fitted

 

low waist

28 inches/71 cm

30 inches/76 cm

32 inches/ 81 cm

34 inches/ 86 cm

37 inches/ 94 cm

fitted

 

hip

37 inches/ 94 cm

39 inches/ 99 cm

41 inches/ 104 cm

43 inches/ 109 cm

46 inches/ 1

4cm extra from body

 

 

 

 

Wash Care

We recommend cold water machine wash with a bio detergent and either tumble dry on low heat or line dry in shade for all of our 100% cotton garments.  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%.

 

For our silk and cotton silk garments, we also recommend gentle cycle machine wash cold water or delicate hand washing to increase the life of the garment and reduce the environmental footprint from energy use, detergents and water wastage.

 

All garments have been washed several times during the printing/dyeing and manufacturing process.