Meet our Women Artisans

on Monday, 13 April 2015.

Read our intriguing background introduction to our women’s group before you become acquainted with our Indian artisans and see how your purchase of fair trade bed linen makes an impact in a her life.

Our core women’s group, the faces behind the our handwork:

Nilofar - Studio Assistant & Hand Embroiderer
NilofarNilfoa, in her early 20s, helps run the design studio with the owner, interpreting the design requests from my manufacturer or I to the women's group. She is often running up and down stairs relaying vital design details by way of physical or commentary example. Nilofa entered the textile trade under her own interest (an interesting point to make as most lives are planned my family members, especially that of the women) and she already has her ambitious 5 year plan set out. She is learning as much as possible so that she can set up her own factory in fashion textiles of handmade work that has an ethical attachment. Her family lives 350km from her place of dwelling, so currently she lives in a women's hostel. She has been away from her family for 4 years yet visits them on the many religious festivals India celebrates. Her parents, her father in particular, are very supportive of her career. Nilofa loves to practice her English with me and often forces me to learn Hindi.

 

 

 

Asha - Hand Embroiderer & Machine Tailor
AshaThis smiley lady is a calm balm to be around. She radiates warmth and creative enthusiasm. Asha is the lynchpin in my hand embroidery team, often training the newer ladies in various needle work skills. Asha’s skills also lend themselves to machine work, studio assistant and studio mother-hen. A loyal, dedicated and caring young lady who enjoys working and is eager to advanced her skills in administration and accountancy. She is currently saving to enter into an administration course.

Spotlight on our Women's Group

on Monday, 13 April 2015.

Organic Bed Threads HandmadeOur relationship with the artisans who make our bed linen is far from anonymous. We know their faces and value their creativity and we are humbled that one of our aims to empower women’s groups in the hand stitch field of work and education can be achieved.  
From sampling phase, approximately 5 core ladies in the group are gainfully employed full time; at full production phase approximately 23 artisans are employed in the creation of our bed linen products. What a great feel good factor this is to us! We dream vividly that employment will increase, on a long term basis over the coming years.
 
Our manufacturer of our uniquely handmade bed linen was truly cooperative in discovering a local women's group who could travel to the design studio to work on the various family sized duvet covers in our range. Become acquainted with our Indian artisans and see how your purchase of fair trade bed linen makes an impact in her life.
 
A mix of shy and outspoken characters make up this Jaipur based women's group, some experienced in hand embroidery and some at training stage. This group of proud, passionate ladies in bright sarees (I could never figure out how they did not stitch their flowing sarees into my bed linen) have their own life aspirations they are aiming towards, and it is by employing them under fair trade standards that they can work towards their dreams, while living in a developing country.
 
When alone creating, often on their haunches labouring at close quarters over the makeup of our bed linen, there can be heard a low babble of Hindi chatter and giggles. Not that I understand a word, but I can only assume they are talking about the same delights and stresses we in the Western world experience - love, annoyances, children, money, health – there is a strong community feel when the ladies work in a group.

Meet Our Seasoned Wood Block Artisan

on Thursday, 09 April 2015.

Organic Bed Threads Wood Block PrinterI have the utmost respect for this humble artisan who has over 40 years industry experience. A shy, older gentleman of about 60+ whom is greatly respected within the design studio.
 
Nundageshaw (I always have a hard time pronouncing his name while badgering him at the printing table with my poor hand gestures) comes from a long generation of wood block printers, the handmade artisan technique handed down to him by his family.  
 
Born in the region of Utter Pradesh, between Nepal and his current work place of Rajastha, he has travelled widely in north India to gain exposure of his craft, and now finds himself in textile rich Jaipur (capital of Rajasthan), inspiration being the main motivator for his latest move.
 
Unlike most Indian people, who have their lives mapped out for them by family members, Nundageshaw followed his creative calling in pursuit of a wood block printing career. Sadly an art that is dying out to mass production. Respectly Organic Bed Threads wishes to revive by way of telling stories inked into duvet covers.
 
He is always patient to my western themes that I wish to portray on my bed linen and frequently comes up with new ways of approaching a tricky design, especially that of working on certified organic cotton and with certifed organic dyes (a new experience for him and the rest of the design team).  He loves to see the colour come to life on the fabric, as it truly is an evolving art as the colour takes to the fabric and slowing changes to the desired colour scheme. 
 
Nundageshaw's respect for his art has been expressed creativity on all our bed linen designs.

Media Spotlight - Peninsula Living

on Friday, 27 March 2015.

Organic Bed Threads Peninsula LivingAnother great media coup with a recent article filed this week in one of our local community magazines, Peninsula Living (Sydney).

We are getting noticed for our ethical textile endeavours in India in respect for people (our Producers and You) and Planet.

Our bed linen products have greater meaning beyond a gorgeous design, we engage directly with artisans, organic and fair trade methods.

Connecting with socially conscious brands is becoming increasingly easier, our 4-Way production ethos mantra helps you analyse your own purchasing power and to perhaps change your attitude towards slow fashion...

1. We create in TRUTH.

2. We create FAIRLY for all concered.

3. We create to build GOODWILL and TRANSPARENT relationships.

4. We create to BENEFIT all concerned.

Shop with us 24/7 ethcially for all family members.

Media Spotlight - The Manly Daily

on Thursday, 19 March 2015.

Organic Bed Threads Manly DailyThe first printed feature for our ethical bed linen brand appeared in our local newspaper today.

With thanks to The Manly Daily. A supportive initiation into the world of print media.

 

Ammendments to the article:

1. We produce doona/duvet cover sets (no sheets as yet); and

2. Our women's groups and artisans use traditional handmade techniques such as woodblock printing, applique and embroidery (they do not weave).

 

Fancy this, the article appeared alongide a company, KAS, I had worked for as a rookie textile designer many moons ago. Quite an odd feeling, one of pride, to be featured next to this now monster of a textile company that is making it's name across the seas.Could this be a sign I wonder for my new ethical startup!?!