These two upcycled hair scrunchies are hand made from repurposed saris, the traditional dress of women in India. When saris become frayed or torn they are given a second life by becoming a handy, upcycled hair scrunchie. This means the colour and pattern of each one will vary, making them totally unique and one of a kind. They also make great bracelets too!
Hand made in India by women artisans who are working to improve their lives through fair trade.
Presented on recyclable card detailing the upcycled and fair trade nature of the product.
Upcycled from scraps of old saris, the traditional dress of women in India. This age old exercise of resourcefulness has been around for years, where local women recycled old saris and dhotis; layering, stitching and embellishing scraps of fabric to make blankets for their babies. Even the threads of the original cloth were pulled out and re-used for embroidery.
WorldFinds work directly with all of their artisan groups in India, Indonesia and Nepal. These groups include a combination of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) members, women’s co-operatives and small families of artisans. They are all talented, low income craftspeople who are paid a liveable wage and have safe working conditions, access to healthcare, childcare, and ongoing training and education.
The brand has been working with many of these groups for over a decade – during that time they have seen many artisans lift themselves out of poverty and even launch their own successful businesses, strengthening the entire community.
Hand made by women artisans in India who are empowered by working to improve their lives through fair trade.
Back in the States, Kelly started to source products from some of the fair trade organisations and small artisans in India, Indonesia and Nepal, and began to build a market. She connected with the Fair Trade Federation, and was thrilled to find a community of like-minded individuals. WorldFinds had a clear goal – to provide work, not charity, to artisans by finding markets for their handmade products. Kelly noticed there were not many well designed products available at that time and her marketing background and passion for design allowed her to develop distinctive products not currently available.
At first Kelly persevered single-handedly, then David came on board full-time, and today there is a hard-working team of eight. Most importantly, the artisan groups that create WorldFinds products have experienced significant improvement in their communities, which the brand has seen first hand during regular visits. Each time it is evident how fair trade practices have changed their lives – they have been able to hire more women artisans, improve educational programs, send their girls to school and expand healthcare initiatives. These real people continue to be the heart and soul of WorldFinds!