The Story of Tartan: How People Tree Makes Plaid

One of the key trends for this Autumn is tartan. From tailored check shirts for men to polished plaid dresses that pair perfectly with knitwear, People Tree has embraced the tartan trend – but with a twist. People Tree’s plaid fabrics are made by hand. To create the unique hand-woven tartan fabrics for our AW13 collection, we have partnered with Artisan Hut in Bangladesh.

How People Tree Makes Plaid


Why do we love hand woven fabrics?

Hand woven fabrics are good for people

More than 10 million people make a living by hand weaving in India and Bangladesh. Hand weaving is a traditional skills that has been passed down for generations. Working on hand looms that are not powered by electricity, a weaver can produce between 7 to 12 meters of fabric per day. People Tree works with producers to ensure weavers get a good price for their work, ensuring these valuable jobs don’t disappear.

Hand weaving uses nine times more labour than material produced on a power loom – this means more people can earn an income to able to care for their families. When we buy goods made with Fair Trade hand woven fabric, we are helping families and communities to have a path out of poverty.

Hand woven fabric protects the climate

Hand looms do not require electricity and are carbon neutral. The production of fabric using a hand loom rather than a machine saves one tonnes of Co2 per year.

Hand woven fabric is beautiful and unique

People Tree works with Fair Trade groups to develop new designs for fabric. Designers create beautiful, fashionable fabrics such as hand woven jacquard. These high quality fabrics are used to create dresses, skirts, dresses and jackets. The fabrics are dyed and woven by hand. This process creates slight colour variations and slubs, which only add to the beauty and authenticity of the finished product.

 Shop the Tartan Trend on People Tree.


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