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Fair Trade Activities Report

UPDATES 2019

 

January 2019

implemented our new water filtration system with funding from our Indigogo campaign

We worked on putting together our WFTO related files, improved our organisational structure.

Invited Susan Caba for several outside training sessions

women’s training in basic life skills

leadership training with Sanjay

 

March 2019

leased new manufacturing location

developed new homewares collection, attended the Fair Trade Federation Conference, gave a presentation at the conference on our new water filtration system

 

April 2019

did a full build out for a new manufacturing unit, increased capacity, hired new staff, and set in motion new systems for manufacturing, quality control.  increased block printing unit capacity and added a fabric stock room

 

May 2019

prepared for WFTO audit

 

June 2019

completed our WFTO Audit

 

July 2019

developed our new Diwali collection garments, new Chinese Garden collection garments

 

August 2019

 

September 2019

improved our QC systems, work flow, added a new COO, developed our in-house brand more extensively, 

 

 

UPDATES 2020

January - February 2020

developed womens and homewares collection for launch in our in-house retail shop in Bani Park, did a photoshoot and campaign for the same.  Completed work on 4 new collections: baby, homewares, womens, nightwear. Became members of ethical wholesale platform - FAIRE.

 

March -June 2020

Closed and reduced all operations to essentially nil due to pandemic and lockdown conditions.  Paid living expenses to all employees.  Sent out regular updates to all customers on the situation and requested that no one cancel orders.  No customers cancelled.  Several customers paid advances to help us. 

 

May- July 2020

Reopened with limited capacity (about 20-25%) and started producing masks for export orders to the US which kept us solvent, continued to support staff who were unable to come to work.

 

August 2020

Shifted all production operations to Mansarovar, thereby significantly cutting operational costs, improving efficiency, quality control and gaining better production flow.  Temporarily closed our retail shop until the pandemic is over.

 

August -December 2020

Started returning to regular production orders with limited capacity.  Continued updating customers regularly on pandemic restrictions.

 

UPDATES 2021

January - March resumed mostly normal production, held discussion with management on best ways to mitigate rapidly increasing cost of raw materials and cost of living inflation.  Bought fabric in advance to help reduce future expenses.  Worked with customers to send partial shipments and find other creative solutions to rising costs, slow shipping, shipping delays. 

Worked extensively with other ethical business to find best practices to improve our margins, reduce costs

 

March 2021

worked with a professional videographer to create a video story of our printing and water filtration to raise funds for improvement of the same. Worked to increase sales on Faire wholesale platform.

 

April - June 2021

Faced renewed lockdowns and limited capacity which severely impact our production schedule and delayed all orders by about two months.

 

June 2021

Received a donation for improvement to our water filtration unit which we will implement after March 2022.

Made significant changes to production supervision resulting in better efficiency.

 

July-August 2021

Made several improvements to our production flow and organisation.  Participated as a featured supplier on Common Objective’s Expo July 2021 to attract new buyers.

 

September 2021

Shari visited, held AGM, met with all staff, gave salary increased for all to offset cost of living increases, discussed all employee concerns on every topic—production, health benefits, eduction, fair trade standards, etc. Reviewed printing unit, met with staff on same points.

 

October - December 2021

purchased additional cutting table, new press, worked to increase production capacity, outreach to customers

 

 

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.