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Our working partners, our materials and our practices are meticulously researched and selected. Each of our collections is founded on the key elements of sustainable production, recognisable heritage and wide functionality.

We develop our products holistically around our artisan’s traditions with the goal of long term, deep partnerships. For every edition, we work in close collaboration with our partners though out our supply chain, to ensure sustainable production, wages, welfare & to build further understanding and connection.

We focus on female empowerment and the alleviation of poverty in disadvantaged and isolated communities in rural India; we work with social development organisations that implement female welfare programmes.

We understand that it takes human hands and energy to make our garments, and approach our work responsibly; consequently, we only use sustainable production methods and materials, ensuring that our garments have little or no impact on both the environment and the health of the individuals involved in their production.

 We’ve discovered that through using indigenous techniques – this is the most sustainable option for artisans and our planet.

 
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Connecting ourselves to nature , our fibres are pure plant derived virtually carbon neutral, organic, vegan, nontoxic & biodegradable. We’re committed to using the most sustainable solutions to clothing through materials & design.

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W E A V E

we have worked collaboratively with women weave to form our hand spun fibres & handwoven fabrics crafted with an all female team using no chemical, organic cottons , minimal amounts of water, reduced CO2 emissions, biodegradable.

 

C U T & S E W

we work with a small sewing unit in Jodhpur working directly with our tailors in the sampling process of our garments. It’s important for AK to build these partnerships to help facilitate their own community through this social business.

 
 
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organic cotton : organic farming promotes fair trade and improved quality of life for all of those involved, with no harmful chemicals to farmers health, 62% less energy, 71% less water wastage organic cotton can successfully preserve biodiversity and wildlife.

Natural fibres: we opt for eco-conscious alternatives to synthetics and synthetic blends which are breathable, renewable & sustainable for the environment. If and when these garments reach landfill they are biodegradable and in addition don’t release dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere when disposed of.

Zero chemicals: our garments are dyed using Azo free dyes or natural botanic dyes. The dyeing and treatment of textiles is responsible for 17-20% of global fresh water pollution; gallons of toxic pesticides and dyes are distributed into rivers every year, resulting in contaminated water for both local wildlife and citizens. Natural dyeing and an emphasis on high-quality products directly improve the livelihoods of artisans and their communities, and generate more employment through increased hand-work.

vegan: as a vegan company all items are made from cruelty-free sources NO animal products were used in making the garments and gear, and no animal was harmed, we always look for the most sustainable vegan alternative fibres.

Low carbon footprint: hand-loomed fabric manufacture uses no water or chemicals, and produces no C02 emissions, making it non-toxic for those involved. All our fibres, fabrics and production are all from India only, reducing our travel distance from each supply chain.

Mindful design: We design with modern women in mind, creating minimal pieces that allow for versatility, personal expression, comfort, & elegance. We choose cuts that remain classical and made with longetivity because we believe in only having the necessary. We form pieces with our artisanal traditions at the forefront of our product decisions, these are made holistically around their craftmanship practices to form partnerships.

Women empowerment: We actively choose partnerships with female social enterprises or charities that support vocational training & job creation in a particular traditional skill. In a patriarchal society female employment is vital for equality and long term is highly beneficial for children education and community development.

zero waste: From fabric off cuts of our garments we send to our female NGO facitility to make accessories, meaning zero waste and job creation from fibre which other wise would end in land fill.



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Sambhali Trust produce AK Threads' packaging; we have worked directly with the women here to train them in the manufacture of this product. Sambhali Trust is a non-profit organisation based in Jodhpur in the north-west of India, who focus on the development and empowerment of underprivileged women in Rajasthan state through education and vocational skills.

Every bag produced provides one worker with a full day’s wage.  By creating a demand for our garments and, in turn, our reusable packaging, we can directly support the women at Sambhali Trust.