Our responsibility as a sustainable fashion brand doesn’t end when the product is sold. We want to create scarves and capes to last for a lifetime and we want you to hand down your Karigar product to the next generation.
So when people ask us how they must care for their handmade stoles, scarves and capes after a purchase, we are honest with them. After all, it takes our artisans days to create one handmade product. Hand wash only when absolutely necessary, is what we advise. Fold your cape or scarf back in place after every use. If you pull a thread loose, try and pull it back in place. If necessary, call us or email us for help on how to care for your handcrafted textiles.
If you were in Sweden, you would probably be rewarded for repair! Since September 2016, the Swedish government promised to reward for repair, by covering half of the labour costs for people who fixed broken goods, instead of junking them as a way of discouraging waste. They even reduced the VAT on clothing to encourage people to buy quality.
But for those not driven by reward, would there be another way to encourage repair? Would another shot at life in your wardrobe be good enough for you? Pulled threads, pilling and other signs of wear and tear are part of a garment’s lifecycle. It’s a sign that your textiles have been worn (with love). And conscious consumers can always take steps to ensure that their t-shirts or shawls have fewer holes so that they continue to make it part of their style statement, instead of throwing them away in textile landfills.
Let’s make the wearing and caring for your textiles an act of love. For isn’t that the best reward?
Text: Kanak Hirani Nautiyal
Photograph: Marloes van Doorn