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Who We Partner

People matter. We choose to work with heritage craft artisan families and vulnerable communities in our making process, seeking to present their skills and talents to the world. We visit our makers a few times a year, partnering them to create beautiful, sustainable fabrics. 

NOST consciously partners artisan families and
sewing units with three aims in mind:

Preserving
Craft Heritage 

Our artisans create hand-crafted beauty using intricate, heritage techniques that are quickly becoming extinct. We seek to preserve the precious artistry & knowledge of these centuries-old indigenous crafts, reinventing them through modern prints and innovation.

Growing our Sewing For Impact (SFI) Community

Sewing For Impact is an initiative that identifies sewists we can partner with. We commission them on a project basis, providing them with flexible job income. These sewists come from vulnerable communities, braving challenges in financial stability, education access, domestic strife or trauma.

Providing Safe
& Fair Employment:

Supporting the livelihoods of our artisans who come from small family businesses is key for us. We personally visit their workplaces to see firsthand that the environment is healthy. Each order helps to keep these families together doing what they love. 

NOST consciously partners artisan families and sewing units with three aims in mind:

Preserving
Craft Heritage 

Our artisans create hand-crafted beauty using intricate, heritage techniques that are quickly becoming extinct. We seek to preserve the precious artistry & knowledge of these centuries-old indigenous crafts, reinventing them through modern prints and innovation.

Growing our Sewing For
Impact (SFI) Community

Sewing For Impact is an initiative that identifies sewists we can partner with. We commission them on a project basis, providing them with flexible job income. These sewists come from vulnerable communities, braving challenges in financial stability, education access, domestic strife or trauma.

Providing Safe
& Fair Employment:

Supporting the livelihoods of our artisans who come from small family businesses is key for us. We personally visit their workplaces to see firsthand that the environment is healthy. Each order helps to keep these families together doing what they love. 

Our Makers

Impact:

Srinivas, Kalamkari Artisan

Location: Pedana, India
Role: Kalamkari Block-printer

A block-printing family that practices the traditional art of Kalamkari printing. The whole family is involved in the family business and employ around 25 people who live in their village community for various roles such as block-printing, fabric washing, tailors, and drivers. They collaborate closely with another artisan small business for wood block carving.

Impact:

Pandey, Sanganeri Artisan

Location: Jaipur, India
Role: Sanganeri Block-printer

A second-generation block-printing family that practices Sanganeri printing in Jaipur, Rajasthan. They employ around 50 people for block-printing, tailoring, dye mixing, finishing and administration. The son who runs the business now is a designer who modernised the family business and is interested in developing a small capsule fashion line of his own using traditional craft techniques.

Impact:

Fatchiyah, Batik Artisan

Location: Pekalongan, Indonesia
Role: Batik-printer

A second-generation batik-printing family in the coastal town of Pekalongan, Indonesia. Founded by the matriarch of the family, this family business practices hand-applied batik as well as batik cap stamping. They eschew any form of silk-screen printing, explaining that it deviates from the authentic craft of batik wax resist techniques. The family hires people from the deaf community in their production crew and have developed their own water filtration system using plants and fish to cleanse water run-off before it is released into the environment.

Impact:

Swahlee 

Location: Assam, India
Role: Sewing Partner

A sewing unit that provides holistic care and a living wage to young women at risk. They face barriers such as lack of access to education, absence of viable job opportunities, and vulnerabilities from past trauma. Swahlee exists to prevent re-exploitation and break the cycle of generational poverty.

Our Makers

Impact:

Srinivas, Kalamkari Artisan

Location: Pedana, India
Role: Kalamkari Block-printer

A block-printing family that practices the traditional art of Kalamkari printing. The whole family is involved in the family business and employ around 25 people who live in their village community for various roles such as block-printing, fabric washing, tailors, and drivers. They collaborate closely with another artisan small business for wood block carving.

Impact:

Pandey, Sanganeri Artisan

Location: Jaipur, India
Role: Sanganeri Block-printer

A second-generation block-printing family that practices Sanganeri printing in Jaipur, Rajasthan. They employ around 50 people for block-printing, tailoring, dye mixing, finishing and administration. The son who runs the business now is a designer who modernised the family business and is interested in developing a small capsule fashion line of his own using traditional craft techniques.

Impact:

Fatchiyah, Batik Artisan

Location: Pekalongan, Indonesia
Role: Batik-printer

A second-generation batik-printing family in the coastal town of Pekalongan, Indonesia. Founded by the matriarch of the family, this family business practices hand-applied batik as well as batik cap stamping. They eschew any form of silk-screen printing, explaining that it deviates from the authentic craft of batik wax resist techniques. The family hires people from the deaf community in their production crew and have developed their own water filtration system using plants and fish to cleanse water run-off before it is released into the environment.

Impact:

Swahlee 

Location: Assam, India
Role: Sewing Partner

A sewing unit that provides holistic care and a living wage to young women at risk. They face barriers such as lack of access to education, absence of viable job opportunities, and vulnerabilities from past trauma. Swahlee exists to prevent re-exploitation and break the cycle of generational poverty.

Designed in Singapore and hand-crafted in Asia, each loungewear piece tells a story of home.

Partner Us

If you’re a fashion designer or creative, we would love to work with you to develop new fabrics and prints that meet your needs. We believe that all businesses, small or large, make decisions on a daily basis that impact people and the planet in real ways. We are keen to meet like-minded folk like you and grow the market for our artisans!

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