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Fair Trade Manufacture in India - Work with Us!

Mehera Shaw pattern cutting

We are a fair trade manufacturer based in India (founded in 2007) and member of the Fair Trade Federation in the US. By working with us, your orders support fair trade, artisan-based textile crafts, the use of organic cottons in India and transparent, team oriented working relationships.  

Learn More About Our Sustainability Profile Here

 

Services

We offer both full manufacturing and CMT services for independent designers as well as established brands, including:

  • pattern making
  • grading
  • designer support/consultations
  • fabric sourcing for organic cottons, handloom 'khadi', cotton/silk
  • sampling
  • small/medium batch manufacture and/or CMT
  • export for private label
  • custom print production for block prints using AZO free, low impact dyes
  • solid color dyeing using AZO free dyes

Specializations

We specialize in:
  • women's casual wear, kids, some infant wear, homewares
  • high-end stitching, finishing, attention to details,
  • GOTS certified organic cottons wovens and (a small amount of) single jersey knit, artisan print development (including either our Mehera Shaw print collections for block prints or custom designs for block prints)
  • natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk) sourced in India from either ethical or cottage industry sources such as handloom (khadi) fabric
Process We typically work within a 3 step process:
  • pattern making/fit samples
  • production samples
  • full service manufacturing or CMT manufacture (including quality assurance, packing and export shipping)
Quality Assurance/Design protection
  • All garment manufacturing is done in-house.  We do solid color dyeing on wovens and block printing in-house using AZO free dyes. Our dyeing and custom block printing is done in-house at our Sanganer unit. We also work with local area artisans in Bagru Village for block printing.
  • During the manufacturing process we do quality checks at each stage:
  • fabric visual check before and after dyeing, color and accuracy check during dyeing or printing
CMT checking
  • measurement and construction check during production
  • after production: visual check of fabric, seams, alignment, overall look, removal of loose threads, accessories check (zips, buttons, labels)
  • packing: final visual check after pressing and during packing
    Mehera Shaw fair trade manufacture  

Custom Manufacturing - Work With Us!

Please check with us to see if we have openings in our production schedule for new clients. If you are looking for a fair trade manufacturer based in India and the ability to work with natural fiber fabrics, organic cottons and artisan block prints, please contact us. We work with both independent designers and brands on small to medium batch production: email Shari at shari@meherashaw.com to learn more about working with us.  We will send you our Designer Guidelines file which includes information on manufacturing and CMT, MOQ, pattern making/grading, sampling, fabric sourcing, dyeing/printing, payment and shipping. In your email, please include business contact information and details:  name of business of brand name, address, website and details about what you are interested in having manufactured. We're happy to work with new clients as our production schedule permits and grow our fair trade business!  We are particularly concerned to form long-term, trusted relationships with all of our clients as we believe ethical fashion is about all of us working together.    
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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

 

 

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.