The reversible sari gift wrap set consists of 3 different reusable large sari gift wrapping cloths, each one was lovingly made by an empowered woman artisan in India. The makers earn fair wages for making these cloths, so your purchase directly impacts the lives of disadvantaged women!
These eco-friendly alternatives to paper gift wrap are handmade using repurposed saris. They’re fabulous to re-use over and over again, and they’re brilliant for wrapping just about everything, including odd-shaped gifts (balls, wine bottles, absolutely anything!). The best bit is they’re good for the environment, made entirely of 100% recycled reclaimed sari fabric, and you can reuse them over and over and save trees by not using paper gift wrap. They’re also gorgeous and any gift recipient would love to receive one. The hard part is making sure you keep one for yourself!
You will receive 3 different sari gift wrapping cloths with this purchase. Each sari cloth is made from 2 different saris (one on each side), so you have 6 different gift wrapping options in total when you purchase this and unique and stunning gift wrap set. As the cloths are made from upcycled sari fabric, the colours and patterns will vary. You may or may not get one or all of the sari cloths shown in the images.
Our saris are from all over India and beyond, which means we have a wide variety of patterns and traditions represented. Many were generously donated especially for this social initiative. Because every sari is unique, each cloth has its own story and is truly one-of-a-kind. Most saris are comprised of multiple colours and patterns intended to compliment each other when draped, which is why no two items made from the same sari are the same. Colours and patterns may vary from the photographs, depending on which saris were used. Some finished items have minor imperfections or markings, which makes them even more charming and distinctive.
Sari gift wrap cloths are gifts that keep on giving; they can be reused again and again as gift wrap, or the larger cloths can be used as neck scarves.
Dimensions. Large gift wrap cloths are 60cm x 60cm each (approx 24″ x 24″)
Care. Gently hand wash in cold water. Hang or lay flat to air dry.
Meet the artisans. The Pondicherry Shakti.ism tailoring team members are from the semi-nomadic Narikuravar “gypsy” tribal community in Southern India. This indigenous group of people has faced discrimination against them since ancient times, primarily because of their nomadic lifestyle and consumption of animals, considered taboo by Hindus and upper-caste communities within India. The gypsy communities of India sit at the absolute bottom of society, even below the caste system. Poverty, illiteracy, diseases and discrimination are the major issues that confront the Narikuravars. Girls within the community are often married off once they begin to menstruate and many of them become mothers when they are as young as 14 years old.
The institutionalised social stigma faced by indigenous and tribal communities across India continues to be the force of oppression that keeps them trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty.
By purchasing this item, you are helping to empower and provide ongoing employment income for the women who make these handmade products. The demand for Shakti.ism’s products provides these women with dignified employment, a living wage, hope and opportunities for their children. Together we can provide alternative options for disadvantaged women with the aim to lift them out of poverty and help them to become self-sustaining and independent.