Our gorgeous range of cotton girls’ modest dresses are made by Eternal Creation, located in Dharamsala, India. The riverside workshop overlooks terraced rice fields, with views of the Himalayas. Eternal Creation was founded by Australian Frances Carrington, who fell in love with the Tibetan and Indian culture during her time as a volunteer abroad, teaching Tibetan refugees tailoring and design.
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Eternal Creation stands out for their exemplary commitment to Fair Trade: Eternal Creation commits to social, economic and environmentally ethical production. There are ten principles of fair trade, which you can read here http://www.fta.org.au/what-is-fair-trade.html. An example of the principles are, that Eternal Creation is transparent, they provide a safe and healthy working environment, they adhere to the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, and maximise the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources, buying locally when possible.
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We LOVE and respect that Eternal Creation is a Fair Trade supplier – too often, products sold around the world are produced in factories with unsustainable practices and terrible work conditions.
“…so many people are involved in each garment; from growing the cotton, harvesting it, processing it, weaving it…to the people who transport it, cut it, sew it, add buttons, embroidery, pack it, post it…so many people, and so many of them terribly underpaid and unacknowledged.
I love making clothes, but I could never make them and knowingly take advantage of someone in the process. So I make sure my production process is good for everyone- otherwise I wouldn’t sleep at night!” – Frances Carrington, Designer
Eternal Creation is committed to training local members of their community – their skills and craftsmanship are reflected in their high quality garments. You can meet their team here http://www.eternalcreation.com/pages/himalaya-tailoring-centre – be sure to watch the embroidery video – so fast and accurate!
We love that their dresses are 100% cotton, and made ethically! The attention to detail on the Ashara dress is just gorgeous, and even more gorgeous because we know it was crafted ethically. You can see more photos of Ashara here http://www.omika.com.au/ashara-party-dress/.
Header image from Eternal Creation.