Indigo Handloom

Handwoven Scarves

Ancient Craft

San Francisco based Indigo Handloom is a company devoted to preserving the craft of handmade scarves and textiles in India. Founded by former journalist Smita Paul, she became interested in the world of handlooming while researching the fabric trade in rural areas. Indigo Handloom's scarves combine traditional Indian weaving methods with a modern, Western aesthetic.

The beauty of these scarves lies in the gorgeous hand-dyed and crafted materials and in the fact that they support a fading industry--socially, economically and environmentally. Indigo Handloom creates jobs for local artisans and fairly treats and compensates them for their skills and expertise (the average worker can support a family of eight). Emissions are very low impact, as no electricity or other energy sources are used to produce the goods.

The soft 100% cotton Calypso scarves are made for those who wear them and for those who wove them too.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Smita

    Hello Everyone,

    This is Smita Paul, founder of Indigo Handloom. We are excited to be the latest addition to The Grommet community. Our main goal is to save the beautiful and sustainable art of handloom while offering beautiful product into the world. Handloom scarves are not just incredibly soft, they are also extreme eco-friendly. We don't require any energy source to make our products - not even a lightbulb! Handloom creates nine times as many jobs as a scarf made by a machine - and all of those jobs are incredibly low impact. We are out to change the fashion industry - one of the worst polluting industries in the world - one scarf at a time. I'll be here all day to answer any questions you might have. Thank you for taking the time to see our Calypso scarf!

  • Summer
    5/6/2014 1:05 PM

    Hi Smita!

    It is so wonderful to find businesses like yours that are helping improve the lives of workers in India, reducing the imprint fashion and textiles have on the environment, and still produce such beautiful scarf results. Is there any advice you could give to other small businesses or even large scale companies to help improve their own impact on the environment and encourage a healthier relationship with their workers? You have such an inspiring company!

  • Smita
    Smita – Special Guest
    5/6/2014 1:52 PM

    @Summer Thank you Summer! So nice to hear from you. Actually I'm continually inspired by other social entrepreneurs who are finding ways to improve the world through business. My advice would be to consider all aspects of the environment. So much of the 'slow fashion' movement or eco-fashion movement is focused on the supplies - such as choosing organic cotton over conventional cotton or making a vow not to use viscose that is made from endangered tree species. Yet there is so much more that can be done to reduce the pressure on the earth. I encourage small businesses to consider the 'how' as well. How is your product made - is there a way to reduce the traveling time, is there a way to make the product locally without compromising quality, is there a way to reduce energy usage or employ an organization that uses alternative energy sources. One of the biggest problems worldwide is the pressure for more energy - even my electric car was made in a factory that (probably) used fossil fuels to create its parts.

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