Dying, Weaving, and Embroidery with Swallows
Welcome to Bangladesh’s first fair trade collective! Founded 20 years ago, the Thanapara Swallows Development Society (or Swallows) is a women’s cooperative involved in every stage of the fair trade garment production process. Their handicraft program consists of dying, bobbin, design, weaving, sewing, and embroidery. The artisans here make a wider range of products – from handloom fabrics to men and women’s clothing – using only local materials. Profits and proceeds from their products are then used to build the community’s school and medical centre.
We’ll spend a chunk of our time living and learning side by side with these women to gain a better understanding of what it takes to create an ethical fashion and garment industry. We’ll take part in a deep knowledge exchange as we get our hands dirty in dying and weaving workshops while also helping out in the local school!
Fun tidbit: People Tree, featured in the critically acclaimed documentary, True Cost, sources their products from Swallows!