IN A LITTLE BLUE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE DESERT…
Saheli Women is a nonprofit clothing manufacturer and ethical fashion social enterprise in rural Rajasthan, India. Located in the village of Bhikamkor, Saheli Women employs 28 women, providing them with fair wages, health insurance coverage, and a safe work environment free from gender, religious and caste discrimination.
Saheli Women was launched in 2015 as a social initiative of the Institute For Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development (IPHD), a women’s empowerment and rural community development nonprofit based in Jodhpur, India. Additionally, IPHD sponsors the educations of all daughters of Saheli Women members, runs the only female health clinic in the village, and delivers workshops on a range of topics including human rights, feminism, menstrual hygiene, health, and financial literacy.
IN A VERDANT GARDEN IN THE TECH CENTER OF INDIA…
Roopali Bhakthavatsala is an alumnus of Istituto Marangoni, Milan. She believes fashion is an insight into people - how they conceive life and society, their philosophy and beliefs. Roopali the brand makes clothes for women of today; edgy, smart, fun and strong. These qualities are translated into design in terms of sketch, silhouette, fabric and embroidery. The resulting labour of love are pieces that resonate with a diverse audience.
Roopali and Manimekala have been close friends since their days interning together and they are thrilled to be able to collaborate creatively, particularly on intricate embroidery designs.
IN A QUIET SUBURB of the world’s fashion megacity…
Manimekala Fuller has been making clothes of some sort for as long as she can remember. While studying on the University of Westminster's prestigious BA (Hons) Fashion course, Mekala gained international experience in the fashion industry, interning under designers Manish Arora and Roksanda Illinčić, amongst others. Upon graduation, her love for colour and pattern as a form of wearable expression led her to establish her namesake brand, for those who dream. Fully trained in pattern-making and construction as well as design, Mekala creates every Zero Waste piece, as well as select mainline styles. Colourful, dynamic and experimental prints are her signature, combining luxury natural fabrics with traditional crafts and modern technologies.