Second life, that’s what Happinez Magazine named Tulsi Crafts’ kantha sari scarves. A second life for the saris, that’s for sure, because all scarves are made from upcycled saris from Bangladesh. But to me even more important; also a second life for the makers of these scarves.
The scarves are made in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. When I travelled there in 2012, I was specifically looking for kantha blankets, blankets quilted from old saris. On one of our last days there I was very happy to find them, after quite a search. I visited the sewing atelier and office for a morning. Happily chatting women between mountains of colourful fabric. Bur for these women the kantha atelier is som much more than a nice place to work, it’s literally a second life. A lot of women come from forced prostitution and have courageously built a new life. They’re supported by a job that pays them fairly en gives their children a safe place in daycare.
Once I got home, I wanted to buy more from them than blankets. That’s when i got the idea for scarves, so i asked if they could make those too. Soft and colourful scarves made from cotton or silk saris. I’m very glad that you, tulsi’s customers, also thought it a great idea. I’ve been able to place several new orders with them, so many more women are able to build a new life. That’s Happinez! Thank you!