Sometimes when times are tough a certain chill grabs your body. You need to snug up to be able to stop, rethink, to find balance within your circumstances. It is nice to have something special that helps to stop and restore your self. Be it for yourself or for someone else this sari blanket can give that comfort and warmth anywhere, anyplace.
The Sari is the traditional dress and symbol of womanhood in India. This fair trade sari blanket is made from 5 layers of recycled cotton saris which has been quilted to create an authentic vintage style throw.
Measuring - approximately 1.8 by 1 metre. … machine wash it on the gentle cycle. Some of our sari blankets have some patchwork, in keeping with being vintage and recycled.
Group : EMC, Kolkata, India
EMC is an initiative where young women from the slums of Kolkata, India receive training and job opportunities. As well as theory and practical skills in tailoring and paper craft work, the women are taught English, business skills and values for life.
For more on the work of EMC and the culture of the sari click here
The best used saris are purchased from a central market and brought to EMS. There they are cut to size, where the front and back patterns are chosen to compliment. From there 6 other layers of saris are quilted inside with the traditional running stitch of Bengal, the katha (or Kantha).
Impact on poverty
Most of the sari blankets are created in the homes of women who have come out of tough places such as prostitution and drug addiction. The personal, spiritual and practical training EMC offers these ladies is a massive leg up into a dignified life. Working from home allows them to be flexible with their home duties but still bring an income into their households.
Let's not forget the on-seller of this sari; who, has been in such a position as to need to sell their own clothing! That state is something to be contemplated!
...and for you...
If your sari could talk to you about the life it has seen what a tale it would tell! The blessing for you, of this life is a wonderfully smooth, luxurious feeling cotton sari blanket. The satisfaction of knowing this very practical item has not cost the earth or its inhabitants is comforting. The maker has been empowered to rise to a new level of life and that comes through your fair trade purchase. As an inspiring ethical gift you can't go wrong!
Impact on the planet
One less thing manufactured from raw materials can only be good for this world! One less thing in landfill or polluting a street is even better.
Discovering and buying Fair Trade is like taking a side road, where - you cease the day - and make a difference in the lives of others.