Vendor Spotlight: sariKNOTsari

Here’s another spotlight blog post of our amazing vendor, sariKNOTsari. Our marketing director, Jennifer Lyon, sent Priya Mohan, founder of this wonderful company, a few questions about the work she does. Here are her responses!

Image by Sandi Stephenson

Image by Sandi Stephenson

Can you tell me a bit about your business?

sariKNOTsari is an up-cycled and fair trade clothing brand. We work with two family-run businesses to upcycle vintage cotton and silk saris into tops, pants, dresses and so much more! We also recently opened our own store to offer Hamiltonians the opportunity to shop brands that make a positive impact on the world.

Image by Sandi Stephenson

Image by Sandi Stephenson

How do you work to keep sustainability at the core of your business?

sariKNOTsari encourages consumers to buy less and wear more. We use sustainable and upcycled fabrics to create our clothing lines. We also enter into long-term fair trading relationships with both producers and consumers.

What prompted you to start your business? Why are you so passionate about ‘Slow Fashion’?

I can tell you that getting to this point in understanding the importance of slow fashion and using purchasing power to better the world has been a journey. Initially, I owned a vintage furniture business and was proud to allow customers the opportunity to rescue beautiful solid wood pieces from landfills and avoid having to buy cheaply-made new furniture. This endeavour slowly morphed into a joint ownership at The Pale Blue Dot in Hamilton where customers could shop for sustainable products to help them live their daily lives. Ultimately however I realize that my true passion was for creating clothing that was versatile and timeless using up cycled fabrics. Most people don’t realize that the second largest polluter in the world today is the clothing industry. At sariKNOTsari, we see it as our mission to help promote slow fashion and to give customers the opportunity to use their money as power to do good in the world through social change and ethical choices.

What are you currently working on with sariKNOTsari?

We recently opened up our own store to feature companies that support local and global communities. We are always bringing in new products and looking for ways to collaborate with similar organizations. Education is also a huge part of what we do so we host a weekly blog about fair trade, slow fashion etc.