Who is Making Our Garments?
Los Angeles - Seamstress Partners
2020 - Present
Indonesia - Seamstress Partners
2018 - 2020
My first production manager, Putu, from Indonesia introduced me to Leni, age 34 when I was searching for a master seamstress in Indonesia. I was looking for someone great at detailed handwork for our Groundation collection. Leni has a small family-run home business where her brother and sister as well as her nephews and nieces work together. She also teaches young women from poor families in the villages how to sew, giving them the independence to be able to work for themselves. She is an inspiration and we are so happy to have her and her family contributing to the success of Savannah Morrow.
2019 was a pivotal year in which product demand increased, making production more challenging. Just at the right time, an Australian friend Ellyse, joined by her friend Jade, opened a small sustainable production house in Indonesia. Together, they have created a beautiful working environment for their employees. All workers are paid above the minimum wage and their business complies with the law. Committing to their sustainable production, Ellyse and Jade are furthering their knowledge, Jade is now studying sustainable fashion and Ellyse has her own sustainable vegan shoe brand. We are proud to work with two young women who align with our morals and code of conduct.
Delhi India - Seamstress Partners
2020 - 2021
Owned by a young entrepreneur Indian woman Sharmila who had her heart set on opening a sustainable production factory in India at a young age. After talking to her family about letting her take this creative path, she now runs a very successful business. Savannah felt a strong connection to partner with Sharmila, to see a young entrepreneur Indian woman own her own business is very rare and incredibly empowering. Sharmila’s small factories consist of 30 employees and are GOTS production certified, which means an annual on-site inspection is carried out and performed by accredited bodies of GOTS. GOTS certificate includes tracing the organic fiber, product flow, assessment of all inputs and accessories used, verification of the wastewater treatment system as a part of the environmental management, monitoring social criteria and implementing risk assessment, along with monitoring and minimizing wastage and discharges, wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and wastewater treatment, including the disposal of chemicals.
India - Handloom Weaving Partners
2020 - Present
We are proud to say that we have found the perfect team, a small family-run business in a remote village in India who are the makers behind our signature organic cotton. Which is launched in our 2020 Spring/Summer collection.
For two years, Savannah had been on a treasure hunt, she has personally trekked over three different countries in search of someone, anyone, that can produce her idea of the perfect cotton in a sustainable matter. Savannah traveled deep into some of India’s most remote villages to meet the makers in person and to see the atmosphere where the fabrics are getting made. “Handmade” takes on a whole new meaning in many of these remote villages. Locals are raising the crops and making the cotton straight from the cottonseed and making silk directly from the locally grown silk cocoons. Yarn is spun from handmade spinners which are then woven on beautiful handmade looms that have lasted from great grandfather on down. Savannah spent many days with this family-run team to observe working conditions and the individuals they employ, making sure their ethics and workplace align with our code of conduct. Click here to view our code of conduct.
This extremely talented family grew up within this remote weaving village with their craft being passed down from generation to generation. They started to share it with the western world in the hope to continue to keep their craft alive within their village. Their craft has been overshadowed by big industry and mass-produced fabrics as almost every fashion brand has turned to machine-made textiles. Granted it is faster, cheaper, and fulfills the need for large quantity production (the excess of which ends up in our landfills for years) but it is nowhere as unique and representative as the human touch.
What is a handloom? Handloom refers to wooden frames of different types which are used by skilled artisans to weave fabrics. It is a small cottage industry where the entire family (excluding children) is involved in the production of cloth, from spinning the yarn, to coloring to weaving on the loom. Some looms are over 100 years old and are built within their family homes. The team has employed not only their family but many other women and men in their village allowing them to continue with their skilled craft within the comfort of their own homes. The tools required for this entire process are made from wood, sometimes bamboo, and they do not require any electricity to run them, thus this is the most eco-friendly way of producing fabric.
Savannah chose to work with handloom not only because it's so beautiful, natural, raw, and sustainable, but it’s our unique signature organic cotton and you’ll never find another brand using the same. The other reason why Savannah is so proud to work with it is that the fashion industry is a fast passed, mass-produced, over-consuming industry that is leaving a negative impact on our environment. Knowing our material is being handwoven by artists in small villages and giving these people the opportunity to rise above poverty warms our hearts and gives every garment of ours a story. We are allowing these families to keep their craft alive and work from the comfort of their home, not having to move to the city to work in factories that are contributing to the mass-produced fashion industry and giving them the independence to contribute to global trade.
India - Herbal Dyeing and Sarong Weavers
2020 - Present
Savannah found Gauri when traveling through India. She is a mother and wife that founded a natural dying workshop from her backyard in 2016. Savannah instantly fell in love with Gauri and her dedication to utilizing nature without harm to create color. She is the creator behind our new sarongs that will launch in our Spring/Summer 2020 collection
Gauri works with ancient legacies of indigenous dyeing techniques, textiles, and the treatises of Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old Vedic system of health and wellness is the foundation of her business. Gauri’s work harnesses the healing powers of Ayurveda and the energetic properties of plants and herbs to create bespoke natural and medicinal plant dyes. Each dye bath is crafted in small batches according to specifications to dye hand spun threads and infuse them with healing energies before weaving them into textiles and fabrics.
All of the herbs and plants for the dye baths are ethically sourced from holistic family farms that practice sustainable farming and use natural and traditional farming techniques. They adhere to strict guidelines to create holistic, natural artisanal dye baths in her work. The Ayurvedic dye baths are formulated according to the ancient prescriptions of Ayurveda to create threads that are woven into healing fabrics. The natural plant dyes are handcrafted in small batches to create beautiful natural hues that are gentle on the body and environment.
Gauri sources only the highest quality plants and herbs and during the dyeing process, they infuse all of our threads and fabrics with positive energy through focused intentions and chanting of Sanskrit mantras to energize and bless what they are making to bring us a product that is meaningful, authentic and pure.
All of Gauri’s methods and techniques for our handcrafted products are close to nature and rooted in folk and Vedic traditions. They are a perfect partner for Savannah Morrow the Label as they are invested in making zero-waste and toxin-free products that are good for you, the environment and the communities that are keeping these arts alive in India for the world to know and share.
Gauri taught Savannah the significance of color, the color you reflect will naturally add to your Aura that you carry. Savannah learnt from Gauri that color also reflects our mood significantly and the mood of others around us. It is to be said by ancient Indian gurus that white and cream colors are for those who are on a path that do not want to gather anything. Orange is worn by those who are on a path to enlighten, hence why monks wear orange. Because of Gauri, Savannah brought this method into her designing process. Savannah continues to think about color and its significance to ones journey when designing her garments. We are forever in awe to have partnered with this incredible woman and her small team.
India - Block Printing Partners
Our block printing partners are a small family run business with years of experience who are very conscious of their wastage. Any leftover water waste including excess dye is treated into a filtration system so the excess dye and chemicals are not decomposing into our waterways and environment. The dye used is Azo-free, which is much less toxic than other standard dye’s on the market. Safer for the environment and our health.
The patterns, which you will find on our silk pieces within our 2020 Spring Summer collection is our first ever pattern design. Savannah wanted it to be unique and of course hold eco-friendly values. This print is created by the old traditional block printing method. So what exactly is block printing and why is it so special? Read about the process here.