Meet Silaiwali

Situated in New Delhi, Silaiwali tackles the environmental challenge of textile waste in the fast-fashion industry. Silaiwali repurpose scraps and dead stock from garment manufacturing, creating eco-friendly products, including handmade dolls, that reach homes globally. Following Fair Trade principles, Silaiwali's products not only beautify homes but also support incomes for marginalized artisans. Presently, Silaiwali provides sustainable incomes for 60-70 women refugees, emphasizing fair wages, maintaining clean workspaces conveniently located near their homes, and strictly enforcing a zero-tolerance policy against child labor.

Founder: Iris Strill & Bishwadeep Moitra

Location: New Delhi, India

Employees: 60-70 women refugees

Materials: up-cycled textile scraps

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    About the founder

    Iris Strill & Bishwadeep Moitra

    More than three years ago, Iris Strill, a French product designer residing in India, joined forces with her husband Bishwadeep Moitra, a visual journalist with over 25 years of expertise. Together, they established the social enterprise "Silaiwali" with the guiding principle: "A Stitch Against Waste. A Stitch for Freedom.

    Presently, their products, including handmade dolls, are available through leading distributors in more than 100 concept stores worldwide. Notably, it was the collaboration with Chloé that brought the social enterprise into the fashion spotlight. All of Silaiwali's products are meticulously crafted using upcycling techniques.

    Story & Highlights

    New Delhi serves as a temporary refuge for Afghan refugees seeking solace from the challenges and uncertainties in their home country. Many of these refugees aspire to settle in developed nations open to foreign immigration. Silaiwali collaborates with Afghan women refugees in New Delhi, operating within the framework of UNHCR's mandated livelihood program for refugees. Presently, Silaiwali provides sustainable incomes for 60-70 women refugees, emphasizing fair wages, maintaining clean workspaces conveniently located near their homes, and strictly enforcing a zero-tolerance policy against child labor.

    Situated in New Delhi NCR, the largest hub for garment manufacturing in India, Silaiwali is committed to transforming textile waste, the second-largest pollutant after vehicular emissions in cities. Embracing fair trade principles, Silaiwali pioneers circular production by upcycling textile scraps and dead stock from the garment-manufacturing industry. This sustainable approach not only produces high-quality home décor products but also extends to the creation of exquisite handmade dolls. Explore their range of eco-friendly creations, crafted with care and sold globally.