Recycled Sari

People Tree artisans use recycled sari to make a range of unique range of stationery, accessories and throw blankets. The paper is made by hand using waste cotton and jute fibres. The accessories and throw blankets are made using the traditional kantha stitch.

In kantha, a running stitch binds together layers of recycled sari fabric. Traditionally women in India and Bangladesh make kantha blankets for their families and children, believing the blankets provide protection and prosperity. Accessories and home décor made with kantha are growing in popularity.

How did we begin working with recycled sari?

Many of our craft producer groups are based in tiny villages in Bangladesh and India. They are surrounded by nature. Their homes are often made of mud with squash plants trailing over their roofs. They feel a strong connection and respect for nature and a great sadness when they see their local trees disappearing.

We found ourselves in such a village in 2005. Working with one of our groups, we were brainstorming with them about what was available – then a stainless steel pot seller came to the door.

“Any old saris?” He asked. “I give you best quality pots.”

Devika, the home owner jumped up to do a deal – and that’s how the recycled sari project started.

We brought these old saris into a wonderful womens tailoring group and designed cloths, blankets, bags and stationary using this amazing material.