At People Tree, we believe that fashion can be used as a tool for sustainable development, supporting people and protecting our planet. These values lie at the heart of every decision the company makes beginning with the design process.
The benefits of handcrafting
Hand crafts such as weaving and embroidery provide livelihoods for artisans in rural areas across places such as Bangladesh and Nepal by acknowledging their traditional skills. These techniques are also better for the environment as they save a lot of energy in comparison to machine production.
Today, many long-established hand craft skills are dying out due to mechanisation. Fair Trade is helping thousands of artisans keep their craft tradition and their communities alive, considering it in the design process and paying them a fair wage for highly skilled labour.
If one of our designers is presented with two ways of creating something and one method requires more labour, then they will specify this method of production for the good of our environment and the producers.
The Fair Trade supply chain celebrates hand skills. Their added value creates unique products while sharing the benefits of trade with the largest number of people.
The traditional technique of hand weaving is a skill passed down through generations. The fabric is woven on hand looms, which produce 7 to 12 metres of unique fabric per day.
Artisans collect farm-grown organic cotton and spin the fibre into yarns, which is then woven into cloth on a hand loom and the final fabric being cut and tailored into a People Tree garment. The whole process is done by hand.
Hand woven fabric is good for people
More than 10 million people make a living by hand weaving in India and Bangladesh. It is the second biggest employing industry after agriculture. Fabric woven by hand uses nine times more labour than that which has been produced by a power loom and provides more people with income .
Whenever we buy hand crafted garments, this is helping individuals and communities to build up a sustainable livelihood based on their capacities by ensuring the valuable traditional skills do not disappear.
Hand woven fabric is good for the environment
Hand looms are powered by the person operating them, not by electricity. As they do not require energy, they don’t release any CO2 and are carbon neutral. The fabrics are woven from cotton fibres grown organically which helps maintaining a healthy environment.
Hand woven fabric is unique
Every season, People Tree develops new fabric designs with our producer partners to offer contemporary and unique garments. Beautiful textiles are handmade from 100% soft organic cotton which is especially robust. Fabric woven by hand has slight colour variations and slubs, adding a unique quality to the cloth and garment.
Our producer partners
People Tree partners with Artisan Hut and Dev Tech in Bangladesh to make garments from high quality, hand woven fabric like this season’s range in cream and blue striped organic cotton and the zig zag print collection.
Dev Tech is a small producer group that provides jobs to artisans in rural Bangladesh by making beautiful uniquely crafted garments and supporting the valuable skill of hand weaving.
Saidul has been working with Dev Tech from the beginning and says “It’s not like working in conventional garment factories where the staff are not treated well. At Dev Tech there is less pressure and you can expand your experience in different areas of the work.”
Artisan Hut was founded in 2002 and since then has created many opportunities for highly skilled artisans in rural areas by making use of their traditional hand crafting techniques.
Artisan Hut’s mission is to promote and celebrate traditional crafts through their beautiful garments.