Sustainable Threads

What They’re About

Sustainable Threads exclusively promotes fair trade, handmade products made with natural fibers. Founded by Poonam Abbi and Harish Hathiramani, this social enterprise brings together theirprofessional experience and passion for rural development, entrepreneurship and social justice. Sustainable Threads works in partnership with disadvantaged artisans including physically disabled individuals, survivors of domestic violence, and socially marginalized tribal communities – to co-design their collection, marrying modern aesthetic with traditional art techniques and textiles.

Every process is different, as Sustainable Threads works with a number of different programs throughout India to help provide jobs and employment to their artisans. For instance, one of their programs is Women’s Weavers Trust, in which a cooperative of over 150 indigenous women was created in Northeast India to help them earn steadier livelihood from their traditional art of weaving. These artisans live in an area that has been mired in conflict for over a decade and is not only economically but also environmentally unstable. Some other programs they established is the Physical Disabled Artisan Initiative, Tribal Spinner’s Collective and Recycled Paper Initiative.

Sustainable Threads use a variety of materials. From cruelty-free silk, cotton and linen, their materials are endless. All products are handmade using bamboo looms with eco-friendly, low-impact Azo-free dyes. The silk is locally sourced providing a more sustainable option. They even use all-natural flax linen, and their cotton produces minimum fabric waste.

Impacts

How we partner

Through working with Sustainable Threads, we managed to expand our collection into napkins, kitchen towels and other amenities needed in the home. Their products are durable, long lasting and a great handmade choice for the kitchen and dining table. We partner through the trust in their artisans to develop quality, beautiful products to be enjoyed worldwide, from their hard working hands to yours.

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