Secret Sari Necklaces

 11th Apr 2019 |  Shop |  Fritha Mason


At Secret Projects, we hate waste … but we love the wonderful possibilities of leftover scraps. And scraps are an inevitability when sewing and making! We are currently developing lots of creative ways in which to use our scraps, to ensure that we are left with as little waste as possible. One of these ways is the making of smaller products such as our Secret Sari Necklace, which is made using sari scraps leftover from Secret Sari Dress production as well as wooden beads and striking statement medallions.

Not only do our Secret Sari Necklaces reduce waste, but they also allow for our Makers to be artistic and create a unique piece reflecting their own creativity. They are also the perfect product for our Maker Groups who don’t have the space and/or facilities to make Secret Pillows and larger items, which is often the case for our rural groups. A kind and empowering product on so many levels! 

Our Secret Sari Necklaces went into production in November 2018 following our first ever customer trip. Our Makers were trained by customer and educationalist Lesley Pearce who took part in the trip. Here is a photo of Lesley and Malayarasi Maker Group in the Nilgiris in action!

 

Inspired by her time in India on the customer trip, Lesley has curated an educational trip to India for textiles and technology teachers which she will be leading in January 2020. This trip is an exploration of traditional dying, block printing, ethical production and women's empowerment. We hope that the teachers taking part will go back to their school communities and spread the word of incredible India, ethical production and social enterprise as a route to empowerment. Click here to read more about the trip.

Thank you Lesley for inspiring the Secret Sari Necklace. We are currently experimenting with more bold and beautiful necklace designs … watch this space!!

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Our Appeal - help us to make and distribute 10,000 Secret Face Masks to communities in India

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The brainchild of Sumathi, Director and Shin, Marketing Manager of Social Power India (SPI), we would like to introduce an appeal to provide Secret . . . Face Masks, produced by women from our Maker Community and given free of charge to communities in need throughout India. The details... We want to make and distribute 10,000 Secret Face Masks Sponsorship costs are £20/€25/$30 for a pack of 20 children's masks and £25/€30/$35 for a pack of 25 adult's face masks Backers of our appeal are able to sponsor multiple packs of Secret Face Masks One of the most positive aspects of our appeal lies in the fact that not only will we be providing vital face masks for those in need, but women from our Maker Community who are able to work from home during lockdown, as we don't operate from a factory, can continue production of the masks and receive an income to support themselves, their families, and children during this incredibly difficult time. To sponsor Secret Face Masks for India Please follow these instructions carefully Please head to our online retail shops by clicking the links below. (Shop in GBP, Euros or US Dollars) Sponsor Secret Face Masks in GBP Sponsor Secret Face Masks in Euros Sponsor Secret Face Masks in US Dollars Select how many packs of 20 Secret Face Masks you would like to sponsor to be distributed in India by SPI and add these to your basket. Next, click the link in point number 2 of the instructions to choose a pack of 5 Secret Face Masks for yourself (available in both adults and children's sizes) at £10/€14/$15 per pack (the shipping is free) and again, add to your basket.* Finally, follow the instructions to complete your purchase, providing a shipping address.* *Please note that due to Indian export regulations, we do require our Customers, Friends and Shareholders who would like to contribute to our Secret Face Mask sponsorship appeal to purchase at least one pack of 5 Secret Face Masks for themselves, to be shipped out of India to their address. As Bengaluru is currently in lock down, we will ship your Secret Face Masks as soon as the restrictions lift. These instructions are repeated when you go to our online shops! How we plan to distribute the face masks Initially, we plan to provide free face masks for whoever is in need in and around Bengaluru, where we are based and in Andhra Pradesh, South-East India and the Sundarbans in the Bay of Bengal, where we can work with our NGO partners. In and around Bengaluru Shin and Sumathi have many contacts in and around the area who can help us. We will give face masks to hospitals as well as marginalised communities in the city, where many of our Makers live. Andhra Pradesh and the Sundarbans In both these areas we have very good links with NGO's who work with groups of marginalised women. We will liaise with our partners and provide them with the necessary fabric and funds for local women's sewing groups to make the masks, and the NGO's will arrange for their distribution. One of the most positive aspects of our appeal lies in the fact that not only will we be providing vital face masks for those in need, but women from our Maker Community will stitch the masks and receive an income to support themselves, their families and children during this incredibly difficult time. Thank you so much for your support.
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