Two short videos showing the process of weaving saris and how many people are involved in its production.
The incredible effort, experience and expertise behind the weaving of a traditional sari deserves our attention and admiration. The recycled sari silk ribbons, yarns and slivers we use are salvaged from the waste production of new saris or the repurposing of worn saris. Traditionally, the role of weaving saris was done by men, but the recycling of sari silks is an offshoot of the process which employs mainly women and provides a useful source of income. The pandemic has hit the sari makers drastically and poverty and unemployment are rife owing to empty order books.
Everything you buy goes back to help support the village collectives who recycle the saris into beautiful yarns and embellishments.
Here are some of the workers from two different collectives who make our ribbons and slivers. I’m in contact with them on a weekly basis as I try to grow my business. They are always delighted when I can tell them how much we love the colours of these recycled fibres- or, “rescued silks” as I like to call them.