vintage sari silk fabric necklace fair-trade handmade made in india ethical fashion wandering silk indian goods co blue magenta pink chartreuse olive wooden beads multiple sizes
vintage sari silk fabric necklace fair-trade handmade made in india ethical fashion wandering silk indian goods co blue magenta pink chartreuse olive wooden beads multiple sizes
vintage sari silk fabric necklace fair-trade handmade made in india ethical fashion wandering silk indian goods co blue magenta pink chartreuse olive wooden beads multiple sizes
vintage sari silk fabric necklace fair-trade handmade made in india ethical fashion wandering silk indian goods co blue magenta pink chartreuse olive wooden beads multiple sizes
vintage sari silk fabric necklace fair-trade handmade made in india ethical fashion wandering silk indian goods co blue magenta pink chartreuse olive wooden beads multiple sizes
vintage sari silk fabric necklace fair-trade handmade made in india ethical fashion wandering silk indian goods co blue magenta pink chartreuse olive wooden beads multiple sizes
HOUSE OF WANDERING SILK

Iris Multi-Strand Necklace - Pink

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  • This striking necklace is made of differently wooden prayer beads covered in vintage silk sari fabric. Handmade with an amazing attention to detail, it has 13 strands of beads, each covered with differently patterned and coloured silks. Made for and worn by the legendary Iris Apfel, it is bold and dramatic yet very wearable, being quite light. The fabric ties on the back are adjustable and allows the necklace to be worn at differing lengths, This piece is one of a kind.

  • Length can vary from 40 to 60 cm based on how the ties are fastened
    Length from tip of tie to longest strand is approximately 130 cm
    Width of beaded portion is approximately 13 cm
    Weight 150 gm
    Wooden beads covered with vintage silk fabric

House of Wandering Silk
MEET THE DESIGNER: HOUSE OF WANDERING SILK

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.

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Katherine Neumann, founder of House of Wandering Silks is obviously no ordinary woman. Having grown up in Sydney, Australia, she flew the nest to study International Relations in Japan, where she lived for six years. This was followed by a stint in London, where she she threw herself into every internship, volunteer position and job related in any way to the development sector that she could find. She then embarked on her almost ten-year career as a Humanitarian Aid Worker, living in Afghanistan and travelling to conflict and disaster zones in Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Lebanon and Myanmar. She found herself in New Delhi in 2010, where, amongst others, she took the first steps toward House of Wandering Silk.

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.

 

Our inspiration are the textiles we discover during our travels, the artistic heritage of South, Central and Southeast Asia and the incredible hand skills of the women we work with.

 

How do you develop your products and what is your inspiration behind them?
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!
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