Designer Aavriti Jain presents signature pieces inspired by the beauty of her home, the desert state of Rajasthan, India. Minimal and clean, each piece is modern in its design, sustainably made by skilled karigars (artisans). Handcrafted in Jaipur, the U-Hooks are made from brass and finished by dipping in 14-karat gold. Graphic, minimal and subtly striking, they are designed for pierced ears.
Length: 2.3 cm
Materials: 100% brass plated with gold
To ensure this piece retains its beauty for many years, please wrap it in cotton and store in a box or a plastic ziploc bag. Keep away from dampness and humidity and avoid exposure to extremes of heat and cold. Gently rub with a soft cloth whenever necessary to restore its glow.
Multi-strand Sari Necklace - Blue & White
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This striking necklace is made of wooden beads covered in vintage silk sari fabric, finished with an amazing attention to detail. The fabric ties on the back allow the necklace to be worn at differing lengths. Wear it like a collar or drape it lower as the look demands—this piece is surprisingly neutral and can be worn with a whole range of outfits, from day to night. Made entirely by hand, it is one of a kind and a zero-waste product.
Length can vary from 11 to 22 cm based on how the ties are fastened
Sheesham wood beads, vintage silk fabric
I was greatly touched by the resilience of people living in the most desperate of circumstances and struck by the tremendous inequality I saw around me. I wanted to contribute in some way to addressing this inequality, and this was the seed for House of Wandering Silk.READ THE STORY
We asked Katherine about her journey and her vision, how she so successfully married two passions to create a fashion brand both beautiful and socially aware.
Your story is so inspiring - could you give us a brief narrative of your inspiration in founding HOWS?
In addition to wanting to address the inequality I saw during my years as a Humanitarian Aid Worker, a compelling factor in founding HOWS was my growing appreciation of, and fascination for, the rich textiles and embroidery I saw during my travels. Stunning embroidery made by women in remote villages in Swat Valley in the mountains of Pakistan, for example; the women were able and extremely willing to earn a living to support their families and themselves but had no way to make this happen. The textiles represented the culture and history of the people, and offered a safe and dignified livelihood for women.
We first identify the materials (mostly upcycled and vintage) and the skills available to us through our partner NGOs, women’s cooperatives and self-help groups. We then look at gaps in the market and the needs of our customers, brainstorm and sample a range of styles that can be made from the resources available. Finally, we test these out in the market - so it’s an ongoing and very fluid process.
Social consciousness is very important to you - how do the artisans you work with perceive your philosophy?
The most important thing for the women we work with, who are from very poor families in both rural and urban settings, is to be able to work from home and to receive a fair salary for the work they do. They are all well aware of how much they would get paid working for the usual middleman (which is how most women doing sewing have to work), who takes the biggest portion of their pay. Working with HOWS and our partners, they value our philosophy in that they receive a far higher salary than both the market and minimum wage, they get constant work and have the flexibility to work from home.
Thank you for your time Katherine, we wish you much success!