Hand Woven

People Tree partners with Swallows, Artisan Hut and Dev Tech in Bangladesh to make garments from high quality, hand woven fabric.

Hand Woven Fabric is Good for People - Hand Weaving is a traditional skill passed down through generations. More than 10 million people make a living by hand weaving in India and Bangladesh. It is the second biggest employer after agriculture. Hand looms – which are powered by the person operating them, not electricity – produce seven to 12 metres of fabric per day. Fabric woven by hand uses nine times more labour than that which has been produced by a power loom. This provides more people with income, and the ability to care for their families. People Tree works with producer groups to ensure weavers are fairly paid for their work. Whenever we buy garments made with Fair Trade hand woven fabric, we are helping families and communities to forge a path out of poverty, by ensuring valuable, traditional livelihoods do not disappear.

Hand Woven Fabric Protects the Climate - Hand looms do not require electricity and are carbon neutral.

Hand Woven Fabric is Beautiful and Unique - People Tree develops new fabric designs with Fair Trade groups. Beautiful fabrics – such as jacquard – are hand woven, and used for our dresses, skirts and jackets. Hand woven, 100% cotton fabrics are breathable, and some say they carry a special energy from the weaver that has created it. Fabric woven by hand has slight colour variations and slubs, adding a unique quality to the cloth and garment.

How is a hand woven garment made?
Artisans collect farm-grown cotton, and spin cotton fibre into yarns, which is then woven into cloth on a hand loom.

The cloth is then treated with environmentally safe, natural dyes and in the process, many artisans benefit. The Fair Trade supply chain celebrates hand skills. Their added value creates unique products while sharing the benefits of trade with the largest number of people.

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