This collection is created by Mehera Shaw, an artisanal, eco-conscious, fair trade manufacturer in Jaipur, India. Mehera Shaw’s artisans dye our organic cotton fabric and block print our liners by hand using centuries-old techniques that preserve craft heritage and support decentralized village production methods in rural India.
All staff are full-time salaried employees who are paid on time, paid a living wage, receive annual bonuses, and can receive emergency loans for education, illness, and family concerns. Staff work in clean and safe conditions with regular lunch and tea breaks and clean drinking water, do not work excessive overtime, and receive pension funds. Staff work in a transparent team environment with support for additional skills training. There is no discrimination or harassment, forced labor, forced overtime, excessive working hours, or child labor.
Mehera Shaw is embarking on a new project to improve their environmental impact through improving water filtration, which would enable them to receive certification by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for their factory. Ninety-five percent of their textiles, and all of those they use for Maven Women, already have this high level certification.
Mehera Shaw supports the Meher Road Foundation, whose products include a micro-enterprise skills training program for women that promotes environmental consciousness through upcycling. Any leftover materials from our production are donated to this Foundation.
Relationships are key at Maven Women and a core part of living our values. We take partnerships very seriously and visit all of our supply chain partners.
Our founder Rebecca loved trying out block printing during a visit to Mehera Shaw's printing and dyeing facility.
We are in the midst of fabric creation with Los Angeles-based Laguna Fabrics. We are custom creating a gorgeous eco Ponte de Roma made primarily of cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Ponte is an ultra luxe, thick yet breathable material. It has wonderful stretch, is opaque and wrinkle-resistant, and is incredibly flattering on a range of builds. Historically this material is made entirely out of harmful synthetics and untraceable materials, thus it took us three years to find an eco and ethical solution!
We are currently finalizing our fit and the right Los-Angeles based factory (keeping that carbon footprint low!) for our amazing new styles. We aim to launch for Fall 2018, but will take all the time that is needed to finalize perfect pieces.
Stay tuned for more details on this special collection, including a new program to combat fabric waste with Regenerous Designs!
It takes a village! We are grateful to the many values-aligned people and companies who are part of the Maven Women journey. Literally hundreds of people have supported the maven movement with their wisdom and generosity. We are grateful to all of everyone, and we wanted to highlight a few specific people and organizations.
California New Work, Product Development Atelier
Elisha Chan, Ethical Logistics & Fulfillment Coordinator
Rachel Ford, Sustainable Fashion (Role) Model & Content Creator
Monica Pina Alzugaray, Media & Partnerships
SocialMediately, Web Developer
Shelley Spencer, Graphic Designer
Kristine Steiner, Fashion Illustrator
RioSlum Studio, Branding and Media Experts
Alexandra Tureau, Product Development & Operations