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10/24/2018 :: Fair Trade Zone Progress: Land is in Sight!

This month for Giving Tuesday (November 27th) our attention remains focused in on the Fair Trade Zone (FTZ), a campus style facility we are creating in Ghana’s Eastern Region to provide sustainable income opportunities for 200 craftswomen. Our vision is to create a model environment for ethical production following the principles of fair trade which incorporates eco-friendly construction, a preschool facility for the Mamas’ children, in addition to many more educational and capacity building features.



Building the Fair Trade Zone with a modular design will allow us to grow in coming years. 


Buying Land in Ghana is Complicated

If you’ve been following us for more than a minute you’ll know the FTZ dream has been in progress for many years. We originally started looking for land near our current Ashaiman office back in 2011, and actually had a group of Ghanaian and international architecture students dive right into the initial design-- never dreaming of the complications that would arise from “simply” acquiring land, a work still in progress 9 years later.


Architectural students presenting plans for the Fair Trade Zone to the Mamas back in 2011.


 Over the years we’ve become familiar with many of the pitfalls of buying land in Ghana as we persist in reaching our goal. A major complication is due to land being passed down between tribes and families, meaning ownership is not always clear. Multiple families may be claiming the same area, and in places where a plot hasn’t been registered, or ownership is vague, it’s hard to re-register it in a new name. This vagary ends up leaving gaps for corruption to sneak in, with individuals trying to sell land that may not be theirs to sell.

A Final Home for the Fair Trade Zone

 At the request of the Mamas in our Krobo office, we shifted our land search from the very expensive Ashaiman/Tema area to the more affordable area of Krobo. In that area we have had three very promising plots of land that we thought were viable, but all ended in complications due to a lack of clarity around who actually owned the land. Although we didn’t put any money down on these attempts, we’ve sacrificed a great deal of time and resources in the lengthy investigation process.

 Finally, we are mere steps away from buying five acres of land in Krobo (near Krobo Mountain on the road to Akuse) from the rightful owners. After years of court battles, the Aklomuase family won a Supreme Court case that awarded their family with hundreds of acres of land around the Krobo Mountain area.


Summer 2018: Members of the Fair Trade Zone Planning & Design Team with chiefs from the Aklomuase family.


 We agreed on the price and location (site plan) and signed a Contract for Sale. The family encouraged us to move some stones to the land (to look as if we were starting to build something) and put up a huge signboard to let everyone in the area know that Global Mamas intended to secure the land. The idea was to see if anyone would come forward claiming to own the land, and up until now, no one has made such claims. According to our lawyer, that is a VERY good sign. We have now paid a 50% deposit on the land.


 Putting up the sign for the Fair Trade Zone: August 2018!

Next up is getting the indenture (the deed) and site plans signed and approved and submitted to the Lands Commission to register the land in the name of Global Mamas. Once registration is complete, we will make the final payment and the deal is done! We expect this all to happen before the end of the year (YES, THIS YEAR!)


Funding Next Steps with Giving Tuesday 

Of course, once we have the land we face the next adventure - building on it! We are close on acquiring funds from a local organization for an initial structure, a three room building with a covered, open-air space for batiking. But, we will still need to make this building a home. For that we need your help. We have to get connected to the local water system (for the batikers), and to the power grid (for the seamstresses), and we need to get the space organized for a staff of 60. This means sewing stations, batiking stations, quality control tables, storage, bio-gas toilets, and more.

 If you are interested in helping toward this endeavor, keep an eye out for our Giving Tuesday campaign at the end of November. You can donate directly to the fundraiser, or start your own to get your friends and family to help out too.


9/27/2018 :: How Technology Shaped the Fall 2018 Collection

Abby Smith, Marketing Volunteer

Fashion and technology, both dynamic forces in our modern world, are constantly changing. This season at Global Mamas, in light of production challenges and the need for increased productivity, batik designer Nick Ruffalo led the way in spearheading a new process to fuse the two together.

 The Old Manual Process

Research for new textile and product design begins about one year in advance of the season, to give the design team and producers plenty of time for idea development and sampling. Sketching, color and print testing, and garment sampling are all time-consuming, manual processes. Each year around 15 to 20 batik designs are sampled in up to ten different colorways. Next is the marriage of product and pattern, turning the new textiles into actual products from our current catalog, or new items that will be introduced the coming season. Requests are put in for specific batik and pattern combinations, with one garment being sampled in an array of new batiks. According to Nick, there can easily be 15 print and color combinations in one style, with samples that are not selected becoming one-off pieces for sale in our Accra store. With over 200 products, this can lead to an enormous number of samples.


Batik designer Nick Ruffalo and Creative Director Alice Grau narrowing the Spring 2019 collection

When samples don’t turn out as the team expected, modifications on selected pattern and product combinations are requested for additional sampling rounds. As this process of sampling and modification continues, the collection becomes more focused. Nick describes this part of the process as a “meticulous puzzle”: in its completion, the entire line is a cohesive collection of best-selling styles, emerging trends, harmonious patterns and colors, as well as strategically placed accent colors. Through a series of long meetings, constant editing and tweaking is done until the entire collection is finalized by the design team.

Addressing Challenge with Technology

Although the team knew the switch to organic fabric this year would be a transition, several unforeseen obstacles arose forcing a shift in the typical production calendar. Before committing to the new organic cotton, it was sampled with the batik process in small batches. However, unexpectedly when produced in larger quantities removing the wax became more complicated. This meant lost yardage, do-overs, time spent trouble-shooting alternative techniques, and additional fabric being brought in from our new supplier in India. In the meantime orders for the new products made with organic cotton continued arriving from wholesale partners abroad which meant there weren’t enough Mamas available to begin sewing and batiking samples as early in the design process as they would normally occur. Since most of the process in the past required progressive cycles of physical sampling, the design team needed to figure out how to expedite these stages with limited resources. Their answer? Technology.


Print mapping 2019 print/color combinations of the bestselling Eli Dress.

Print Mapping: Saving Time & Resources

This year Nick used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to “print map” the early rounds of sampling, narrowing the sample selection digitally rather than having them physically produced. After translating the hand-drawn batik patterns into the program, Nick can apply the design to print map layouts for any of the Global Mamas products. With the patterns and products in place he can easily manipulate the color to any combination the team might request saving incredible amounts of time and resources narrowing down the vast array of combinations in the early stages of sampling (although it will never completely replace physical sampling completely).

“I’ve been advocating for us to use this for a long time,” Nick says of this technological shift. Suspecting it might be applicable to the process, he taught himself how to print map some time ago and quickly realized its numerous benefits. Using print mapping this season Nick had more time to concentrate on the actual design as less time was spent training batikers on new patterns that may not even make the catalog.

Continuance in the Future

Next season, Nick is looking forward to continuing with print mapping and anticipates this process will allow the team to start production even earlier. This will set off a chain reaction—allowing retailers to receive more product earlier in the season and provide higher turnover for the new line. With this creating a less hectic work environment, Nick would love to use the time he saves to work with more batikers and help them advance their skills. He identifies collaboration as one of his favorite parts of the design process and hopes to work with more Mamas next season.  

Fall 2018 fabrics and samples as modeled by staff and friends of the Global Mamas Accra store. 

8/7/2018 :: 2018 Global Mamas Summer Design Competition

Abby Smith, Marketing Volunteer

Innovative History

Global Mamas is a creative community at its very core. The design competition began in 2007, as an effort to always focus on those roots and keep us all challenged in our creativity and ingenuity. This event provides the perfect venue for members of the Global Mamas family, outside the design team, to bring their fresh ideas forward.  The tradition has continued each year, and more often than not, winning submissions are put into production for the catalog. The new Atiwa print for 2018? Design competition winner. The Frontier Bag that gets your stuff from A to B? Design competition winner. Unity print? Keepsake print? The Button Baskets? You guessed it—all design competition winners.

Continuing the Tradition

Celebrating the 2018 Design Competition Winners in Cape Coast

 In previous years the design competition was limited to the producers and staff in Cape Coast, because that is where our design team is based. But, our teammates at other locations have been asking to participate and the the improved internet it has become much easier to open up the competition to be organization wide. As a result this year Mamas in Cape Coast, Ashaiman, and Accra submitted ideas for new batik and sewn items, while Mamas in Krobo developed new jewelry and ornament samples.

Contestants had no limit to the number of submissions and were given one month to ideate and create. To help participants develop products in line with international trends, summer volunteers researched and presented global fashion trends for upcoming seasons. This year many entries were inspired by this trend research, resulting in lots of bows and ruffles on well as bright and bold patterns!

Hannah Dodoo, one of the six founding Mamas, is a regular participant and her submissions have won on several occasions. This year she submitted six pieces and cites the competition as a driving force for innovation and creativity. "My favorite part about the competition is that it encourages me to create new things," Hannah says. 

Blue Ribbon Winners

This year’s winners with summer volunteers and contest coordinators, Abby and Ali. 

Judging the competition this year proved difficult for our design team. We had 22 batik submissions, 11 sewing submissions, and over 20 bead submissions. We asked our Instagram followers to help us choose a batik submission to be dubbed our “Fan Favorite” winner. Over 200 people voted and chose Christina Pufaba’s ‘Stripes’ pattern as their favorite batik! The outcome was 11 prize winners. Each award includes a certificate and a monetary prize; the items are also then considered for inclusion in our Ghana stores and our wholesale catalog. Next year, we hope even more Mamas and staff will participate and that the design competition will be one of many outlets for creative expression throughout the organization.

Here are our winners with their designs this year!


Deborah Asmah Sewing Winner (100 GHS Prize)


Hannah Dodoo Sewing Runner Up (50 GHS Prize)


Elizabeth Arkaah Sewing Fan Favorite (25 GHS Prize)


Agnes Cole Arthur Batik Runner Up (50 GHS Prize)

Not Pictured: 

Josephine Anakwah, Batik Winner (100 Ghs Prize)

Grace Osabutey, Batik Runner Up (50 Ghs Prize)

Christina Pufaba Batik Fan Favorite (25 Ghs Prize)



6/13/2018 :: Meet the Interns: Global Mamas Summer 2018

Each year in Ghana we welcome interns to our Cape Coast office to share their particular talents as they relate to the work we do.  We're always inspired by their creativity and passion, and in return hope to share with them some insight into the impact and intricacies of our organization! This year we've asked these lovely ladies that have just arrived to share a little about themselves, in addition to their favorite garment from the new 2018 collection. AKWAABA (welcome) to Ali, Abby, and Erika!



Meet Abby: Summer 2018 Marketing Intern

I’m Abby, a rising junior from the University of Notre Dame. At school, I’m majoring in Marketing and Economics, as well as pursuing a minor in Collaborative Innovation. Global Mamas’ fair trade business model is what first attracted me to their company, their mission of prosperity for every Mama making me fall in love. As the president of a women’s hall with a community of 270 women, empowerment of women is very important to me, and working toward achieving that goal is something I try to accomplish in everything I do. Recently, I’ve become very interested in ethical supply chains within the apparel industry. Informed consumerism and transparent business operations are two qualities I would like my future career to include. Having been in Cape Coast for a little over one week, I’ve seen these qualities in every aspect of Global Mamas and it’s something about the company for which my admiration has continued to grow.


For my new 2018 product pick I selected the Verona Dress in Fissure Black. While I am constantly fascinated by the elaborate patterns and colors that the Mamas batik, my personal style is more simple and minimalist. What I love most about this piece is that it’s almost oxymoronic: the colors are simple but the batik gives a new level of intricacy to a striped pattern that I’ve never seen before. One other thing I love is the cut of this dress-- I can’t resist a good fit and flare. I’m always on the hunt for simple and unique garments to spice up my wardrobe, and this piece makes the perfect prey.



Meet Erika: Summer 2018 Business/Finance Intern

I’m Erika, a rising junior majoring in Management and Finance in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In lieu of spending a semester abroad, I was looking for an opportunity to spend my summer interning at a company whose mission matched my values. As a self-supporting student, I am grateful to experience the independence and additional freedoms that result from being employed and financially secure. Global Mamas provides women in their community the incredible gift of prosperity, which is far more valuable than a simple salary. Being a Mama equals care that extends above and beyond a paycheck and provides an avenue for these women to learn other useful skills such as financial management, bookkeeping, or wellness. My admiration for Global Mamas grows with every new Mama that I meet, whether at the office or on a site visit. Their intelligence, creativity, and craftsmanship never cease to amaze me!


 My favorite new Global Mamas product is the Coastal Skirt in Chroma Mustard. Whether I’m meeting friends to study together at a coffee shop or walk around the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, this skirt keeps my outfits cute and casual.          



Meet Ali: Summer 2018 Marketing Intern

Greetings from sunny Cape Coast! My name is Ali Mefford, and I am one of the Global Mamas summer interns. While I am originally from Edwardsville, Illinois I now spend most of my time in Bloomington, Indiana attending Indiana University. Now entering my junior year, I have set my sights on pursuing a major in marketing and a minor in fashion design. I first heard about Global Mamas in my freshman year of college through the Alternative Breaks Program(ABP) and Global Mamas became instantly appealing to me as it connected both my love of sustainable and fair-trade fashion with my desire to make a positive impact on this world. This past year when I discovered an internship program IU offers with Global Mamas I applied as soon as the application became available.  After undergoing a competitive interview process, I was selected to take be a part of this incredible opportunity and so far have been having the adventure of a lifetime!

For my new favorite product pick, I chose the Eli Dress in Fisheye Wine. I am a major sucker for all things that are either maroon or wine toned, so when I saw this dress it immediately became my favorite. Not only is the cut of this dress flattering on many body types, but it also pairs so well with many of our amazing accessories.  From adding a wine colored twist headband for a really matched look, to making a bold statement with a Manye stacking bracelet, there are endless options for styling this dress. 

4/18/2018 :: Keeping it Green with Global Mamas

Developing the Moringa Filtration System

 Batikers in Ashaiman testing the new moringa filtration system together with Mae-ling Lokko of the Ghana-based company Willow.

Fashion Can be a Dirty Business

The fashion industry is notoriously known for it’s negative environmental impact, and at Global Mamas we’re constantly having to balance out the work we do—that we know is creating a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of women-- with the industry we’re a part of. In addition to environmentally sound practices that are a required of us as guaranteed members of the World Fair Trade organization, each year by our own initiative we continue to proactively look for ways to make earth-friendly improvements to our methods.

How We Work to Improve our Environmental Impact

 To date 60% of the Global Mamas product line is made of upcycled or recycled materials-- from repurposing old plastic and bottles, to crafting patchwork accessories from excess fabric scraps. Just in the past year we’ve experimented with using fungi to grow our own batik stamps (in place of using bed foam), in addition to developing a new filtration system using agri-waste from moringa processing as a flocculant to create a more sustainable process for small-scale batikers to filter used dye water. Our BIGGEST achievement this year of course, has been making the transition to organic GOTS certified cotton which eliminates unnecessary chemicals for farms and farmers at the ground level.

  Are You Familiar With These Eco-Friendly Innovations We Employ?

1)  The beads for our jewellery and ornaments are made from recycled glass bottles– we have an agreement with the UK and US embassies in Ghana to make sure we have a steady supply! The beadmakers also make beads from broken bead pieces and window panes that would otherwise go to waste.


 2) We’ve developed a range of products, from dog leashes to handbags that enable our seamstresses to use as many of the leftover scraps of batik as possible—saving them from ending up in the burn pile. Our African animals decorations are sewn using small pieces of fabric left from cutting out garments and stuffed with even smaller scraps.


3. The lining of many of our bags and accessories, in addition to our aprons and baby bibs are made from recycled cotton flour sacks, sourced from local bakeries in Ghana.


4. As well as using local products to make our shea butter beauty range, the packaging for our shea butter soap is made from recycled water sachet wrappers. Water sachets, locally referred to as “pure water” are filtered drinking water that’s commonly and cheaply sold in Ghana—and plentifully found lying around the streets.

We love the creative challenge of working in an eco-friendly manner and being able to share it with our customers. We hope we’ve inspired you to find new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in your everyday life!

New ornament samples—stitched and filled with batik fabric scraps!


3/13/2018 :: Celebrating 15 Years of Exceptional Impact!


How it All Began

Fifteen years ago, back in 2003, eight Ghanaian and American women put their heads together to solve a problem.  The Ghanaian founders were talented seamstresses and batikers living on an erratic income from week to week, never knowing if there’d be enough orders to meet their families’ needs – often there was not. Inconsistent work made long term planning an impossibility and short term finances an ongoing worry. In the local market, their handcrafted goods were competing with a flood of cheap secondhand garments from the western world and mass produced printed textiles from Asia.

Handcrafting: In addition to providing sustainable income, sales of Global Mamas’ products support

handcrafted techniques in an increasingly mass-produced world.


Global Mamas was Born

 With the number one goal of providing sustainable livelihoods to women in Cape Coast, Global Mamas was born-- so named by the Mamas themselves. With a shared love and respect for one another, working within a fair trade framework was the obvious choice for our community. Over the years we’ve stayed true to our original mission of creating a life of prosperity for African women and their families by creating and selling handcrafted products of the highest quality.  Each year we’ve continued to push ourselves to find new ways to make our impact more meaningful through capacity building, health care education, and most recently with our transition to organic fabric. But at the end of the day, it is our never wavering commitment to providing steady, reliable income that brings peace of mind and creates thriving families and communities for craftswomen in Ghana.

 Natural growth: With consistent orders many Mamas take on apprentices to create opportunities and meet demand.

Here’s to Another 15 Years!

We’re proud of the work we do and appreciate your recognition of the effort required to maintain our high level of transparency and professional integrity. Our exceptional impact in Ghana would not be possible without the ongoing support of the individuals, retail partners, volunteers, and donors that partner with us in sharing the work of the Mamas. Throughout our 15th year we’re excited to share more stories of Mamas like Deborah to bring home the impact that YOU make possible.


Deborah with apprentices Ruth and Grace.

The future of Global Mamas, and the powerful future of Ghana! 


1/18/2018 :: Meet Silk'n Fab: Our New Organic Cotton Producers


A farmer in South India picking mature cotton bolls.

 As we previously shared, finding the right cotton producer has been quite a journey and we’re pleased to be able to introduce you to our new Indian partners at Silk’n Fab. Anuj Kanodia and his wife Tanu jointly run this family business that’s now in its 4th generation of textile production, maintaining relationships with cotton farmers Anuj’s father started working with in the 1970s. All of their cotton is grown on farms in South India, where it’s also woven and spun before being transported to the Silk’n Fab facilities located just south of Delhi. Here the textiles are carefully inspected and packed before leaving for their international destinations. From boll to finished fabric, all of their processes are GOTS and FLOCERT certified and the company also undergoes additional audits by brands they work with throughout the year.

Rows of organically grown cotton plants at one of Silk’n Fabs farm partners.

Although Silk’n Fab still offers conventional cotton in various weaves and weights, in the 1990s the Kanodia’s played a significant role in supporting farmers wishing to convert their lands from growing conventional to organic cotton. Anuj’s father Arun, a veteran in the textile business, initiated the change: motivated by the wish to save future generations from the ill effects of the chemicals being used. While a seemingly straightforward procedure (just stop using chemicals?!) finding other ways to maintain yields and manage pests and weeds without using pesticides and fertilizers presents a learning curve. Some of the most common techniques used to compensate for the chemicals include crop rotation, intercropping, minimum tillage, animal manures, and composting.

Fabric packing area of Silk’n Fab’s facility just south of Delhi in North India.

By choosing to maintain the internationally recognized GOTS certification throughout their supply chain Silk’n Fab has both environmental and social policies that they must follow—regulating everything from labor welfare to water quality. At the processing and manufacturing stage there are many restricted chemicals, metals and agents that may be examined in greater detail on their website. GOTS Environmental Criteria also address details such as the mandatory use of recycled paper/cardboard for all packaging and hang tags, wastewater being properly treated, and no packaging, printing, or accessories containing PVC.   

The list of mandatory Social Criteria that GOTS members must adhere to is also extensive, and based on the key norms required by the International Labor Organisation (ILO).  Implementation of these standards and how they are verified by Control Union in the Netherlands (Silk’n Fabs approved Certification Body) may be studied in the GOTS “Manual for Implementation”, also available on their website.

The GOTS Social Critieria for certified textiles ensure:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association & the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Working conditions are safe & hygienic
  • Child labour must not be used
  • Living wages
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practiced
  • Regular employment is provided
  • Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited


Testing different sample materials from Silk’n Fab with the Global Mamas’ batik treatment!

In addition to following the requirements set forth by GOTS and FLOCERT to maintain their 3rd party certifications, training is an integral part of Silk’n Fabs process. From fabric, to shipping, anybody employed in their Gurugram facility goes through an orientation program ranging from 1 week to 1 month, depending on the skills required to get them on board with their standard operating processes. Each department has committees that review and maintain safety procedures to keep them up to date.

Beyond talking about it, we’re SO excited to get this new organic product into the hands of our customers later this Spring. We hope that knowing the process has been thoroughly examined inside and out (before even getting to the hands of our Quality Control team) makes that new cotton feel, EXTRA luxurious!


12/22/2017 :: Going Organic with Global Mamas

We’re proud. Excited, delighted AND thrilled to be taking our collection to the next level this spring by using organic (through GOTS) and fair trade (though FLO) certified cotton for our textile goods. Our new fabric is free of toxins, has a higher thread count, and silkier hand-- but more importantly it dovetails perfectly with our desire to be fully invested in fair-trade values across our entire supply chain. From individual bead to necklace, shea nut to butter, and now from cotton boll to finished garment, we not only know “who made your clothes,” but we have third party verification recognizing that at every level the people we partner with are happy, healthy, and making a fair living wage.

We believe organic cotton is better not only for the planet, but for our entire community: from the cotton farmer, to the Mamas in Ghana, to the end customer wearing our products with pride and joy.

 What Took So Long?

Knowing the indisputable environmental and social benefits of working with organic cotton, we’ve been dreaming and watching for the right supplier for literally… years. Our creative director, Alice, shares that she started looking for organic alternatives at least 8 years ago when we were having quality and supply issues with our then in-country cotton provider. At that time very few companies had the transparency, quality, price point, and organic status we were looking for. Others couldn’t be bothered working with an NGO of our size.

Over the years, Alice had all but exhausted our contacts trying to find suppliers in Africa. Friends at the West Africa Trade Hub connected us with weavers in Burkina Faso and Mali, and while their fabric was a unique hand-woven cloth, the texture of the fabric wasn’t suitable for our garments. A connection in East Africa suggested a supplier in Kenya, but their quality wasn’t the right fit for us. More recently our current knits supplier in Kenya recommended a Tanzanian producer that ended up being one of the options we pursued, however that producer had recently dropped their organic certification. At this point Alice started looking further afield at European and USA based mills, but there just weren’t options that met our criteria.


For years we’ve been seeking a new cotton supplier and we’re incredibly excited to have found one that so closely matches our own social and environmental standards.

So What Changed in 2018?

This past year the local wax print factory supplying us with their cotton yardage went out of business-- a devastating loss to the country’s textile industry. This elevated our search for a new calico supplier from an ongoing project, to a critical necessity. In recent years, with growing social demand for organic fabrics, more companies have invested in converting from conventional to organic practices and this time around Alice had better luck (and new contacts to pick the brains of), narrowing it down to three finalists. While the dream has always been to find an African supplier, the one African company that met our specifications  we learned had recently moved away from their organic certifier (which in conversations with our European wholesale partners we determined was of the utmost importance).

Out of the final two options, we chose a family run company called Silk’n Fab, based in India. They were GOTS and FLO certified, lovely to work with, and though our material costs would double, even with shipping fees, the increase would be within our search parameters. After so many years of research and careful consideration, we determined this was without question our best option. Decision made, we’re beyond thrilled to be partnering with a company that values transparency and integrity as much as we do.


Left: In the fabric packing room at the Silk’n Fab facility outside of New Delhi. Right: So exciting to see it in print!

Making it Happen

The past few months have been all about sampling and shipping and logistics. Silk’n Fab produces a wide variety of fabrics but we wanted to start with a fabric similar to our existing material so it wouldn’t feel like too much of a change for our customer. The design team had to test how the organic fabric with a higher thread count would take our dyes—requiring us to tweak dying times and dye quantities to produce the same color. Becoming our own importer, the leadership team dove into deciphering the intricacies of duty taxes—one of the inhibitors that for years had contributed to us focusing on using in-country suppliers. On the financial front we also had to make adjustments, going from buying cotton on-demand, to purchasing 30,000 meters in bulk (which we hope will last for the next six months!) Our most recent challenge was shipping, as this was Silk’n Fab’s first time transporting to Africa. This precious cargo inadvertently landed on the slow boat, stopping at every port on its way up from South Africa, and almost tripling the intended length of its journey while we waited anxiously to start production! When it finally arrived there was a collective sigh of relief…and at least one happy dance.


From cotton farms in South India, to processing in North India, then on to Ghana. We look forward to paying our new collaborators a visit in coming years!

With the first season of our organic collection in production as we write, we still have to pinch ourselves from time to time that this is finally happening. In 2018 all new garments, accessories and housewares will be produced from organic cotton, with the exception of our upcycled line of accessories and housewares which will more slowly make the transition as we continue using up nonorganic scraps. We can’t wait to hear your feedback on the new product this spring and will be sharing more about our new partners in India and the benefits of organic cotton with the New Year!


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