I am proud to be able to call Pajama Pantry a Slow Fashion brand - if that's a new term to you, click here to read all about it.
I buy a maximum of 30 meters (ends of rolls/deadstock) of each fabric from a supplier in Jaipur - The fabric is hand printed, either by block or screen printing, onto natural cotton using mostly vegetable dyes.
Abhinav and I talk over WhatsApp most days, about everything from cricket scores to icecream, about his new baby, and the videos he sends me of wild leopards just near where he lives. He's my new best friend - but we've never met!
Most of the women there have been helped off the streets, and they are all given training, support and are paid a proper living wage. The skills they learn at the collective will set them up for life. We're proud to be able to have them as part of the team.
We hate waste, but we LOVE scraps!
All the scraps are sent with each consignment from Bangalore to make an ever changing range of gifts and accessories. From hats to bags, we use every last bit in the most inventive ways imaginable. Check out our latest innovation - the most inventive use of scraps yet, patchwork mocassin slippers - they're stunning!
The Second sewing team is here in Scotland.
Moira makes the extra long pjs and the robes. She is a very skillful professional seamstress, and for a while taught in the fashion department at the Glasgow School of Art. She also speaks fluent french and plays rock guitar. There's no end to her talents!
Zèlia uses all the scraps to make everything else, all the gifts and accessories from oven gloves to her genius weekend/flight bag - the fabulous pattern and colour combinations are all down to her portuguese flair! The idea for the slippers came from Zelia. She's also a passionate wild swimmer.
We use as little plastic as possible (mostly only the elastic and the buttons) and I’m always on the hunt for a greener alternative. Even the labels are either natural cotton, or recycled satin. Every order is packaged in recycled and/or recyclable paper, and no plastic stickytape.
Please consider buying from small local businesses, we all need to help eachother out. If not this one, then someone else’s.
If you love what you’ve bought or what you’ve been given, then the best possible thing you could do is post a picture on social media and tag the company it came from. It’s such an easy thing to do, and it’s amazing how much that does to spread the word. Every small company needs a little boost!"
Love Alice x
(that's me in the top pic!)
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