Give the gift of flair this holiday season in our first online holiday pop up shop featuring GreenSewn. Each scarf is made of silk and, because every high-quality sari is different, each one is unique. Your scarf will be in the same color family, but will only approximate the color spread in the photo.
Please allow 10-12 days for delivery. If you qualify for free shipping, we will immediately refund your shipping charge after you make your purchase, with no extra processing fees.
In New Delhi, independent businesswomen called sari wallah women go door-to-door to collect used saris to bring them to a central market. They make the first step in an awesome chain of upcycling – one that includes GreeenSewn, an eco-fashion company that we’re featuring this week, which has a workshop just outside New Delhi.
Dan Shir founded GreenSewn two and a half years ago after working in the shoe business for 25 years. “As the saying goes – the earth is only loaned to us by our children and we have a responsibility to future generations to be a steward of it,” Dan said. “Personally, I am inspired by creative recycling and use of interesting, eco-friendly materials.”
At Designed Good, we’re excited about Dan’s emphasis on creative and interesting materials. First, all of the saris are one-of-a-kind products. Each one that comes to the GreenSewn workshop has been individually designed and hand-stitched.
With all of the products we curate at Designed Good, we also think process is important. Each scarf takes 3-4 days to make in the dry season and 5-7 days to make in the monsoon season.
Even the process of selecting the saris requires effort: Their workshop only chooses the softest saris and double checks that they are all made of silk by holding the corner of the fabric to a flame.
GreenSewn incorporates its environmental ethos into the very way the saris are dried out. Each of them is washed by hand with an organic mixture that we actually think is really cool – and so, a digression into the soapnut: It’s the natural fruit of the soapberry tree, a deciduous tree that naturally grows in north India. Combining dried soapnuts with water makes a natural detergent, which kind of beats Tide to Go. (Soapnuts have also been used to treat migraines and excessive salivation. Who knew?)
The saris dry naturally in the sun (unless it is monsoon season), and then are cut into strips and re-stitched to make the scarves. Up to 14 saris can compose a single scarf.
The bracelets are also made of the saris, interwoven around recycled brass chains that have been dipped in gold and silver.
And finally, as with many products designed with good in mind, GreenSewn also plants a tree for every purchase you make. Through this model, GreenSewn has planted 38,000 trees in partnership with Trees for the Future, an organization that jives with their mission: “Planting a tree represents a new beginning to the circle of life. The idea of giving new life to an old product and then additionally giving birth to something new really appealed to us,” Dan said.
And it’s true – Trees for the Future has a big vision. In addition to planting trees, Trees for the Future teaches low-impact agroforestry to small farmers and communities across the globe.