Mandala Apparels

Mandala Apparels (formerly CAOS) is an ethical enterprise based in Pondicherry, South India. They manufacture a wide range of woven and knitted clothing and accessories and are proud that 90% of their in-house production is in certified organic cotton. The company takes their ethical credentials very seriously and say that they “seek to preserve traditions, protect precious techniques and high quality skills while supporting communities as well as environmental causes.

Mandala was established in 2002. The founder, Anjali Schiavina started it to empower the people and to find a business model that would create a harmony between being a sustainable business, and being a social business. They employ 195 workers. Out of these about 70% are female and 30% are male. Their workers come from rural backgrounds and live in villages in a 12 kilometre radius of the company. Mandala have a policy of employing a small percentage of women who are physically challenged. In addition lots of the women who work for us are single mothers.

In addition they work with several different organisations on social projects. A particular event they're involved in is fundraising for the “Joy of Giving” festival. Every two years millions of Indians from all walks of life join in this national event by performing both small and large acts of kindness and we raised a lot of money for underprivileged people. They also work with four social organisations which help local people and improve the natural environment in which we live, including working with disabled children and improving the health and hygiene of local people in Pondicherry and across southern India.