One of the special things about creating our fabric is getting to know our producers and creating tangible impact in the communities with which we work. Our pilot program works with two communities that lived for decades in the crossfire between the Assamese liberation movement and the Indian army. All of the women with whom we work are dynamic, independent entrepreneurs, disrupting the dialogue of poverty and rewriting their own script. These women are our allies and our inspiration, and share our commitment to sustainable practices, and maintaining traditional techniques.
Our primary eri supplier is Srishti NGO, based out of a small village in rural Assam. The majority of the producers are women who manage everything from growing the castor trees that the eri-worms eat, raising the eri worms, nurturing them through to metamorphosis, and spinning the silk into yarn. No chemicals or pesticides are used to cultivate the castor trees, and the eri-silk is cut and spun by hand.
Our khadi-cotton is also sourced from a small village in rural Assam that has been supporting local producers for more than 75 years. The cotton flowers are grown all over India - handpicked and sorted, and come to Assam to be spun into yarn. Our khadi producers are all women, who use traditional hand spinning techniques to create the yarn.
Our weavers are based in rural Assam and work from community workspaces. Weaving is a truly collective task, and so each of our weavers is part of a group that works together to manage all the details from setting up the loom to spinning bobbins of yarn. Our weavers set their own work hours, decide how much fabric they want to weave, and set their own price for every meter they create.