Sustainable Fashion – How Deidaa Protects the Environment

Sustainable fashion – the phrase is much used and abused. What does Deidaa understand by sustainable fashion and how does she embrace it?

‘Sustainability’ is a generic word for preserving natural resources for future generations. Fashionability and sustainability have an inherent conflict. Fashion is one of nature’s worst offenders. Discarded clothes are choking our landfills. Carcinogenic dyes used in textile factories are polluting our waterways. Man-made fibres and fast fashion are escalating carbon footprints to draconian heights.

We, the flag bearers of rag trade, owe it to the wider community to make fashion sustainable. To be sustainable, all we have to do is to take a few simple steps.

SUSTAINABLE FASHION – Use organic fibres:

Fibres like bamboo, viscose and organic cotton are not free of controversy. They, nonetheless, use less water, pesticides and fertilisers. They are superior to cotton and most man-made fibres. Deidaa will unveil its range of athleisure garments very soon. Eco fibres form the basis of this range.  Deidaa works with weavers of peace silk. Peace silk is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It sustains the forests and communities.

Embrace classic styles:

Stay away from fads. Design clothes that are on trend from season to season. Deidaa’s kaftans are examples of a classic style that seldom goes out of fashion. They suit all women, irrespective of size, ethnicity or location. Kaftans are versatile and can serve as casual or formal wear.

Minimize sewing:

Garments that need less sewing minimise the use of electricity and curtail waste. Opt for reversible scarves, clutch bags with side slings, clothes with different functionalities.

Recycle waste:

Use shreds and off-cuts. Deidaa’s packaging is made of recycled paper. Fabric shreds and offcuts from Deidaa’s factories re – emerge as recycled paper gift wraps and bags. Deidaa uses this paper to offer free gift wrapping to customers on request.

Foster communities:

Sustainability is not only about the environment. It is about communities as well. Incorporate artisan input in your clothes, scarves and bags. Handcrafting translates into a livelihood for the artisans. It saves communities and crafts. Deidaa has, since long, worked with artisan communities in Asia and Polynesia.

Adopt fair work practices:

Work with partners who practise fair work. Ensure the workers receive decent wages and have reasonable working hours and conditions. Ask for certification from fair work agencies like SEDEX. These agencies have stringent criteria for certification. Deidaa’s factories are GOTS and SEDEX certified. You can rest assured you are not supporting a sweatshop when you buy from Deidaa.

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EoFY Sales – are you getting the right bargains

‘Sale’ is the magic four letter word that leaves us salivating for more. We love to splurge at the EoFY sales, picking up clothes, shoes and bags with the speed of lightning. We brave long queues in front of trial rooms and shrug off the indifference of shop assistants. But is it worth it? How do we get real value out of the EoFY sales?

Since the economic downturn, sales have become a dime a dozen. Retailers are trying to squeeze the last dollar out of a customer’s pocket. EoFY sales have lost much of their sheen. Nonetheless, it is a good time to buy, as most stores like to minimise inventory before tax time.

How do you shop savvy at the EoFY sales:

EOFY SALES Buyer beware:

Make a list of things you need and stick to the list. Inspect the goods at the point of sale. Unscrupulous sellers use sales to bump off defective pieces. It is illegal for retailers to sell defective goods unless stated at the point of sale.

Know your rights:

Most shops put a ‘no refunds, no exchange disclaimer’ on sale items. In reality, the same refund policy should apply to sale items as full priced ones. Do not shop at stores that put up notices like ‘no refund, no exchange on sale items’. Shop at Deidaa or like-minded stores who offer ‘no questions asked’ refund, even on sale items.

Avoid herd mentality:

Do not be a fashion victim and jump into the fray. Ask yourself three questions. Do you need it? Does it suit you? Will you wear it? Do you need half a dozen cheap t- shirts that will end up in a clothing bin – unused or should you invest in a few key pieces?

Get a shopping buddy:

Do not shop alone. Hire a personal shopper. At the very least, take a friend, sister or daughter who can give you an informed opinion.

Do not shop on an empty stomach:

It is a time – honoured fact that an empty stomach has a nefarious connection with shopping disasters.

Do not shop when angry or upset:

Retail therapy is like chocolates. It has the ‘feel good factor’. If you are having an emotional downturn, chances are, you will do binge shopping.

Do not shop in a hurry:

Take time to try on garments and footwear.  The right fit is critical to garments and footwear. If a garment is too tight or too short or the fabric is not comfortable next to skin, it is not a good buy. Shoes that look good in the store may end up giving you blisters, bruises and broken ankles.
Be relaxed while shopping at the EoFY sales. Enjoy the experience. Take a break at mid – day. Have lunch with your BFF. Who knows, at the end of the day, you may have unearthed a few hidden gems.

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What can you do to save artisan crafts?

A fortnight ago, I was at the Frida Kahlo Diego Rivera exhibition at the Art Gallery, New South Wales in Sydney. As I savoured every moment of my close encounter with Frida’s life and work, I was humbled by Frida’s deep commitment to Mexican art and crafts.

What can you and I do to save artisan crafts from the onslaught of mass produced goods? Artisan crafts are losing out to assembly line production. When we lose a craft, we do not just lose the technique. We lose a legacy that is handed down from generation to generation. Of late, I detect a sense of despair among the artisan community elders and cynicism among the younger artisans who are abandoning the crafts of their forefathers to work in factories or drive tuktuks.

An artisan derives satisfaction out of little things, from the warp and weft of a scarf he weaves or from a length of fabric he prints. When women sit together, making crochet yokes or knitting beanies, it is as much about social interaction as it is about earning a livelihood. If we lose artisan crafts, we alter the social fabric to our detriment.

Thankfully, there is growing community of consumers who are asking questions about ethics in fashion. Read about how you can become part of this community and do your bit to save artisan crafts. Coming soon!