Handwork of India is an innovative fair trade, not-for-profit organization. They work with 480 artisans who are organized into 14 independent co-operatives which produce high-quality women's apparel. This vibrant pullover kaftan is hand block printed with a hand embroidered yoke and two side pockets. Available in Sm, Med, Lg.
The fabrics are extra special, made using a variety of traditional Indian hand dyeing techniques. The large amount of hand work required serves two purposes. First of all, it provides employment for more artisans, who carve blocks, tie threads, print and dye. Secondly, it helps preserve some of India's rich textile traditions, with all their history and culture, not a machine-printed imitation. This mid-length dress is a unique collage of vegetable dye geometrics and hand embroidery. Available in Sm, Med, Lg, 1X, 2X.
Their signature hand embroidery not only lends a special touch to the clothing, but it also allows the women to work from home. Many of the artisans are mothers who must look after their small children as well as take care of domestic chores. Hand embroidery also helps artisans get a quick start in the cooperative, since the embroidery is easy to learn. This striking pull-over dress is as comfortable as it is stylish. Dolman sleeves and asymmetrical hemline with hand embroidery.
Being in charge of their own businesses, the women learn valuable skills and are able to earn a living and support their families. Our favorite new top, this ink blue textured fabric bodice is offset by a geometric block print below the hip seam. Available in Sm, Med, Lg, 1X, 2X.