What does Fair Trade look like in 2022?

Ask Gen-Z what Fair Trade is and they’ll likely look puzzled. Fresh from the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) Summit in Berlin last week, we want to share with you what’s happening in Fair Trade today. How The Fair Trade narrative is changing Fair Trade gathered momentum in Europe in the 1960s when it was often seen as a political gesture against neo-imperialism: and used the slogan at the time, ‘Trade not Aid’. At I was a Sari, we’ve been inspired by fair trade principles [...]

By |2022-09-09T12:57:47+05:30September 5th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Want to become a more conscious consumer?

Featuring Lou Stokes in her one-of-a-kind I was a Sari bomber “The way I dress and consume fashion has completely transformed. I used to be an unconscious and impulse shopper, obsessed with having the latest trends. Every week I’d be buying something new. It wasn’t until I looked inwards that I realised impulse-buying was only a way to fill a void. I was addicted to the short-term feel-good factor of buying something new.” Guest Post by Lou Stokes - Yogi, Stylist and Teacher [...]

By |2022-06-15T10:43:43+05:30June 14th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

We made your clothes

Ever wondered who made your clothes? How do they look? What do they love? This year, as part of Fashion Revolution Week, we decided to showcase our products in a new way- with the very people who make them, wearing them. This new type of photoshoot was inspired by Fashion Revolution, a global activism platform working to change Fashion by rewarding the people who make it, and helping the planet.   This year Fashion Revolution Week runs 18- 24 April 2022. and has the theme 'Money, [...]

By |2022-04-28T16:12:31+05:30April 14th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

How you change the world by buying ‘I was a Sari’

Shopping from us in 2021, rather than other brands, has stopped 168,000 square meters of saris become waste given regular income to 176 female artisans and their families in India, paying them for 151,000 hours of work. Most companies measure success by their sales. These are important, but we also value how much we can lower waste and transform the lives of the people we employ. Since 2016 we have stopped more than 1 million square meters of saris, the main dress of Indian women, [...]

By |2022-03-22T16:40:26+05:30March 22nd, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

I was a Sari, now I’m a Bomber

At I was a Sari we’re working to make business more beautiful. For our Spring 2022 collection we took a military classic which has been revamped in so many ways. And we made it ours. The bomber jacket came straight from the cockpit. It entered our design studios in Bombay and it became bright, kind and light.   Be Bright Saris are known for their vibrant prints and bold colors. We’ve also chosen some black and white designs to suit your wardrobe. Your bomber is [...]

By |2022-02-04T16:41:28+05:30February 4th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Can a Sari keep you warm?

Indian saris have been traditionally used to keep women cool and elegantly covered. They’re made of 5 meters of fabric and usually worn with a top. They’re not usually worn for warmth. At I was a Sari, we’re taking the sari global, turning her into contemporary wear and accessories. So we gave our Design Team a challenge - can a sari become winter wear? Fighting darkness with color Winter wear has always been a tough nut to make chic and bright. Here’s where our Design [...]

By |2022-01-29T13:15:57+05:30January 28th, 2022|Blog|0 Comments

Demystifying Upcycling and Recycling

Sustainability - we can call it the buzzword of the pandemic era, with food, travel and fashion industry using it way too often! But is it really important, and should it mean anything to us we ask - when used in the right spirit, of course a big resounding yes!  Owing to rising substantial global climate changes and living in a prolonged pandemic, the onus of sustainability lies not just on a selected few, but the current state of affairs is alarmingly urging all of [...]

By |2021-08-21T15:05:24+05:30August 21st, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

The Sari Story – across generations and cultures

We at I was a Sari are obsessed with the Saris, obviously! We have thousands of them and we work with them during the day and dream of them during the night… Are you a Sari enthusiast? Or find Sari even remotely interesting? You are at the right place, our fellow Sari admirer! In this article, we will be highlighting the journey of Sari from being a traditional garment to a quintessential classic and it’s new second life with us. Sari, in Sanskrit, translates as [...]

By |2021-07-22T12:40:37+05:30July 22nd, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

The way forward for I was a Sari

Since we started as an experiment in 2013, to the incorporation of a registered company, 2nd Innings Handicrafts Pvt Ltd in 2016 and now in 2021, braving our way through the pandemic – the ride we’ve had so far, is nothing short of an adventure. The journey so far, as our founder Stefano likes to call, has been serendipitous, as things have happened more like chance encounters, and we’ve managed to find our way forward as we moved along. And then along the way, came the [...]

By |2021-06-17T16:51:57+05:30June 17th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

8 Simple tips for transitioning towards a Sustainable Wardrobe

You’ll probably have your feed full of posts this week about environmental issues and what you should be doing to save the planet from every influencer and brand that you follow. With days like the World Environment  Day, which is on June 5th by the way, becoming more and more hyped – what does it truly mean and is it driving any real change or meaningful conversations? We hope it does! The fact is that we do need to address and do a lot of [...]

By |2021-05-31T12:19:09+05:30May 31st, 2021|Blog|0 Comments