Navdanya has helped set up 54 community seed banks across the country, trained over 500,000 farmers in seed sovereignty, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country.
Navdanya has also set up a learning center, Bija Vidyapeeth (School of the Seed) on its biodiversity conservation and organic farm in Doon Valley, Uttranchal, north India.“
Because our fashion item for this season will be vintage silk flex-wraps from India, and because we believe wholeheartedly in Dr. Shiva’s concept of Earth Democracy, we felt that our donations would be wisely and effectively put to use with this organization:
“Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people’s knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalisation and climate change.
Navdanya is a women centred movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.“
We are excited to announce that this summer season (opening the 2nd week of June), we will be selling a very versatile and beautifully ornate clothing item: elegant vintage silk flex-wraps (often called by different names, such as sari wraps, sarong wraps, or magic wraps)*! (See our website to buy!) We will also show you how to transform one silk flex-wrap into over 25 various styles of skirts and dresses. Buy only a few of these and you’ll have an entire and stunning new summer wardrobe! They are light, airy, and colorful, reflective of whatever mood you are in. Be your own fashion designer and create your own styles (apart from the many we show you) with the simple addition of a belt, scarf, or pin.
*Note: We have chosen to call our skirt wraps, silk flex-wraps, because they are neither saris nor sarongs, and to call them either can be misleading. The silk fabric has been repurposed from Indian vintage saris, and they pay tribute to the colorful style of saris and can have the utility of the sarong, but can also be used in so many other ways. In future blogs, we will talk about the history of saris, to provide customers with an idea of where their flex-wraps came from and their cultural context.
These flex-wraps are made from repurposed vintage silk. Therefore, they may have a few imperfections on them.
They must be either hand-washed gently or dry-cleaned.
- If you dry clean your skirt wrap, we recommend doing so at a green/organic dry cleaning service.
- If you hand-wash your skirt wrap, we recommend doing so with soap flakes (you can easily make these by shaving vegetable oil based soap, like Castille, with a cheese grater into rice grain-sized flakes).
- Silk is a natural protein fiber and can be easily damaged when exposed to alcohol or harsh chemicals. So, do not use harsh detergents in washing your flex-wrap. There are many organic detergents available online (if not your local grocery store/ supermaket).
- If you live in an area with hard water, make sure you add a tablespoon of borax to your basin of water, before you begin washing.
- The washing water should be luke-warm.
- Do not leave in the water soaking for more than a few minutes.
- Do not wring out the water after washing. Instead, wrap the item in a towel and pad as much of the water out. Then, hang to dry.
- Do not leave to dry in direct sunlight. The sun rays will damage the silk fibers and fade the vibrant colors of your flex-wrap.