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The indigenous communities from the forests of Assam, in the Indo-Burma ecological region, have a long tradition of spinning and weaving silk, with every woman taking pride in their skills and final products. Rituraj and Mandakini’s journey began with a quest to support the women from these communities, empowering them and allowing them to secure economic freedom, while also protecting the forests where they lived.
Through a process of continuous questioning, learning and awakening, 7Weaves was born, taking a radically different approach than other companies in the industry. “If we want to safeguard the forests,” explains Rituraj, “we need to respect and learn from those that have always lived in the forest.” 7Weaves seeks to leverage the knowledge and skills of the community for every process of fabrication, from rearing the silkworms sustainably to weaving high-quality fabrics. Furthermore, rather than imposing ways of working, 7Weaves provides a way for the employees to fit work into their lives, respecting the practices of their communities and the requirements of forest life.
We warmly welcome you to hear this inspirational story, learn what questions Rituraj and Mandakini asked and discover the 7Weaves premium, hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-woven fabrics.
Thursday 18 June 2020, 16:00-16:45 (Central European Time)
Rituraj Dewan, 7Weaves
Rituraj travelled the world working in social health care as a consultant and business-developer for the chemical and healthcare industries. Originally from Assam, he saw how the fertile land of this mega biodiversity hotspot was increasingly being taken over to make more room for tea plantations and extractive industries, simultaneously putting the lives of indigenous communities at risk. Inspired by his wife taking the first steps, they decided to build a company that would safeguard the environment and support these communities. 7Weaves was launched in 2017.
The 30-minute presentation, followed by Q&A is especially interesting for:
- Brand owners
- Brand managers
- Buyers/ procurement managers
- CSR/ sustainability managers
- And any other fashion professional interested in learning about how one company is building a fashion business built on with social and environmental sustainability at its core