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On April 24 2013, almost two years before pink maharani was launched, Rana Plaza Factory
, Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,138 people and injuring many more. I still choke when I think of that day, remembering pictures of hundreds of Bangladeshi men and women sobbing and looking out-of-place. Sometimes, I wonder if this incident somehow triggered a sense of responsibility and duty in me and my co-founder Thais Grange to launch pink maharani in 2015. We work with the most amazing men and women artisans producing the finest cashmere, NO doubt about it! For me however, its always been about the people, families and our girls. Always finding ways to empower them and dignify their existence by providing them with meaningful work with fair pay and humane working conditions. Ever since the collapse, the fashion revolution community organises campaigns the week of April remembering the victims, honouring the ones who are still pushing ahead and challenging the accountability of big brands on supply chain transparency. You and me have SO much more power than we think - we have the power to bring about change - we can question - we can challenge.
- For starters you can SIGN this petition by the Human Rights Watch asking big brands to #GoTransparent.
- Invite five of your friends, urge them to take action too. We will send you a 20% thank you coupon for future purchases online. Just put
info@pinkmaharani.com in
cc so we know did do it. We will send you the coupon code via email
Look at our instagram page to see our strong and beautiful ladies who make your scarf. You can find the design they are currently work on under modern embroidery
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We went to Srinagar
this February experiencing freezing temperatures (with no proper heating) as part of our routine diligence tour. One of my most memorable moments was spending a few hours watching a kani jamawar (queen of all shawls) being woven from scratch. This made me question our perception of time and the mastery of an art form. What amount of time justifies mastery a technique? Does time matter at all then? Imagine sitting at a loom for eight hours everyday for almost an year to finish a single piece, a master piece indeed! At pink maharani we work with the ustaad's, weavers with the longest experience (>15 years) in kani weaving, at the same time also help young weavers join our team to learn on the job. The young men mostly work on the border shawls where as the ustaad’s intricately weave the all-over kani jamawar. Forget all the fancy mindfulness techniques, this is the best form of meditation I have experienced - fully engaged in the now! I must however add that this is a men-only domain and it is very hard to find women weaving kani's. I did hear about one woman in the region doing kani weaving because her husband was supportive and open to let her learn this skill too. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of her creations.
One of our clients recently said, "its like wrapping yourself with art, a priceless piece of art". You can find such master pieces under our fine paint and embroiderycollection. The kani jamawar collection is currently being assessed for quality checks and we will keep you posted when the master pieces finally arrive. In the meantime you can also read about the long process of fine cashmere production under our process and when you feel ready, take a look at our online shop with a diverse collection of stoles, shawls and scarves for every season.
Thank you for reading. Please write us about any comments, suggestions or questions you may have at info@pinkmaharani.com
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for pink maharani
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Pinkmaharani | Finest Handwoven Cashmere.. by Narmada Ramakrishna - 7M ago
Hello hello - we are excited to launch our blog this April. This will be a compilation of the monthly newsletter we sent to everyone on the mailing list. If you want to get on that list just click here.
We will keep you posted on our lastest collections, events, travels and stories from the field.
We look forward to sharing this journey with you as we discover it ourselves.
Please write us with any comments, suggestions or questions at info@pinkmaharani.com
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