Théla partners with various like-minded organizations in India to make our upcycled products. We owe a lot to them for our growth, approach and values and it is a great source of motivation for us to be a part of their ethical community.
Our plastic woven textiles are made by a cultural craft center in Kutch.
Khamir is a platform that helps revive the crafts, heritage and cultural ecology of Kutch, Gujarat. Apart from reviving traditional, family-run handloom weaving skills, their plastic weaving initiative provides employment to waste collectors, medium-skilled weavers, home-based workers, senior citizens and prison inmates. The initiative also educates the community about the harmful effects of plastic waste.
Khamir collects approximately 100 kilos of plastic waste every month from Bhangaar Wadas (waste collection points). This waste consists of plastic carry bags, wrappers and larger sheets used in agriculture. The plastic is then hand-washed, dried and segregated by colour and quantity. The clean plastic is cut into yarn by women from nearby villages. The open ends are glued together and the plastic yarn is wound into balls. Finally, the weaving is carried out in the homes of traditional and new weavers on pit and frame looms.
C C Shroff Self Help Centre
The plastic woven products are tailored at a fair trade NGO in Mumbai.
The Self Help Centre’s main objective is to provide economic independence to low skilled and physically challenged people. They guide, train and equip them with skills like tailoring, embroidery and handicrafts and provide them with the necessary infrastructure and market for the products.
Several of our products are made by an independent, skilled weaver in Kutch.
After her husband passed away at an early age, Rajiben started working as a labourer in a field to support her family. The eldest weaver in her village instead guided her to work as a weaver at Khamir. This was in 2010 when the NGO had just started the plastic weaving initiative. Rajiben, who is very talented and is always open to experimentation, was curious about this new material. She became one of the first weavers to switch from regular yarn to plastic and eventually managed the entire production process there.
Rajiben now works independently under the guidance of Kaarigar Clinic, a start-up that helps rural artisans become independent and strengthen their business skills. Together they are transforming Rajiben’s talent and enthusiasm into a sustainable craft business.
All the organic fabrics used in our products are naturally dyed in Ahmedabad.
Zabreca is an organization that retails sustainable fabrics, yarns and dyes. They use natural colours extracted from fruits, vegetables and herbs as opposed to the chemical dyes that are toxic for the workers, for us and for the environment.