Made in a village … to sustain the planet
Fair-trade, eco-friendly products from the heart of India are coming to Washington, DC!
To help forge producer-consumer links and provide the community with avenues to purchase goods made in socially and environmentally responsible ways, AID is proud to support fair trade with tailors, weavers and artisans creating beautiful and practical goods, sustaining traditional techniques and livelihoods. Helping consumers avoid disposables, they come with built-in reusability to facilitate a zero-waste lifestyle. Relying on human power rather than fossil fuels, the products feature:
traditional and modern designs
hand-crafted terra cotta and bamboo
vegetable dyes, block prints, hand-embroidery
Visit AID at the Green Festival: Table 360 at the Washington DC Convention Center, June 5-7, 2015
Display of products from Jivika (Andhra), Chitrika (Andhra), Hunar Revolution (Rajasthan), Mohammed Bazar Backward Classes Development Society (West Bengal), Jagrutha Mahila Sangham (Karnataka) and Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao (Maharashtra)
Khadi, hand loom, UpCycled fabrics, block-prints, hand-embroidery, applique and more for fine evening and casual wear, exquisite hand-work on stoles, kurtas, wallets, and handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories.
Children's books about nature, society and life in India, and the Narmada Commemorative Calendar for 2015-16.
AID needs volunteers at the Green Festival! Get familiar with the products and the values behind them, and learn about how AID works for socially and environmentally just and sustainable development. To volunteer for AID at the Green Festival, sign up here.
Details of selected products below:
Jivika Goods for Life and Livelihood: Khadi and handloom kurtas, pungis, slings, nursing wear, tote bags and more, made by home-based tailors in villages of Srikakulam District using fabrics locally spun and woven.
What is a Pungi? Funny you should ask! It is a cross between a pant and a lungi. For khadi-clad comfort and security, you can't beat a pungi.
Jivika Goods for Eco-Friendly Living: Your zero-waste lifestyle just got closer to zero! Say NO to plastic bags with these 1kg veggie bags and 3-pocket tote bags. Weigh your veggies directly in the bag and store them at home without resorting to those rolls of plastic bags in the produce aisle.
Chalo Baby: Jivika's line of products for little ones and the people who love them.
Baby on the go can see the sights, enjoy the world, take a break and more! The sling allows baby to go places with elders whose hands are free to do things, making life a little more lively for all.
The nursing kurta is an attractive, zipper-free top that helps make it convenient to nurse anytime, anywhere.
Chalo Baby Khadi and Handloom diapers and prefolds are soft, absorbent and washable. Designed for optimal infant hygiene, Chalo Baby cloth diapers are compatible with elimination communication.
Clean, green and comfortable menstrual pads! 100% cotton handloom, flannel or combination cotton and fleece varieties.
Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan in Raichur District in Karnataka presents terra cotta jewellery, handmade with expert care.
Hand-Embroidered Scarves and Fine Grass Jewelry made by Mohammed Bazar Backward Classes Development Society in Birbhum, West Bengal.
Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao (GBGB) Upcycled Handbags, Purses and Pouches
Made in Ambujwadi (Mumbai) Maharashtra
Did you ever think about all the cloth left over after factories cut patterns for dresses and home furnishings? Observe the creative designs using bits of remnant cloth that make up these stylish handbags:
To volunteer for AID at the Green Festival, sign up here.