The global fashion industry direectly contributes to both modern slavery and devastating environmental pollution.
Fashion needs a revolution.
Manimekala believes in being the change we want to see. We want to do more than make beautiful clothes; we want to transform lives.
Manimekala does not condone the exploitation of labour. This includes everyone from bonded workers in factories to unpaid interns in design houses.
Our clothing and accessories are labour-intensive and are all made by hand by skilled professionals. Some pieces are made by Manimekala (the designer) herself in her London studio. Others are made by social enterprise manufacturers, who ensure fair working conditions and specialise in high-quality, small-scale production, as well as providing community services.
REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE
Out of love and concern for our planet and people, we are trying to minimise our environmental impact.
Sustainability in fashion is a complex and multi-faceted issue, so we have decided to focus on our materials, and particularly waste.
For our main line, we use low-impact printing and dyeing techniques on organic and/or recycled fabrics (as far as possible).
Our Zero Waste range was created to re-use all types of leftover materials, with the aim of creating zero waste that goes to landfill. The most sustainable thing to do with our existing fabric remnants is to turn them into something that will be be used and loved, even if these materials are not considered sustainable in themselves.
Our packaging is all reusable, biodegradable/compostable and/or recyclable.
Finally, any leftovers that are just too small to be useful are recycled locally.
Due to the current fashion system, ethical and responsible production on a small scale is comparatively expensive. If you choose to buy a Manimekala piece, your purchase supports the belief that every person involved in the making of this piece should be given respect and dignity, and should be fairly compensated for their time and effort in creating it.
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