Our goal is to be as transparent as possible about everything that includes Ray the Collection. So here is a list of sourcing:
The packaging comes from Biobiene (www.biobiene.com), a company that is awarded as (german) sustainable brand of the year 2018 for their packaging products made out of recycled materials.
Our hangtags are made with a workshop for handicapped people in association with the “Rudolf-Sophien-Stift” in Stuttgart (Werkstatt für Menschen mit Behinderungen). Not to mention they are also made out of recycled paper.
Kimono & printed Blouse:
For our printed Kimonos and Blouses we work with Saheli Women (www.saheliwomen.com), a non profit that is focusing on combating exploitative labor by providing fair wages and a safe working environment. The prints are hand-printed in traditional block-printing technique in Bagru, India.
Embroidered blouse & T-Shirt:
The embroidered blouses are made out of Lenzing Tencel. The fibers help maintain environmental balance by being integrated into nature´s cycle and originate from the renewable raw material wood created by the natural process of photosynthesis. (www.tencel.com/sustainability)
The embroidery and stitching is made in a small factory in Bombay, in association with Vijaya from Indricka Clothing (www.indricka.com). The video below gives a insight into the making of the embroidery and blouse.
Artisans in the south of india are weaving these beautiful shawls by hand. We are planning to visit them personally while our next visit to India.