Here at Monsoon, working with artisans is key part of who we are and what we do. To celebrate and show our appreciation for the people who make some of our most beautiful things, we’d like you meet one of our talented craftspeople, Mantesh, and tell you more about the precious pieces she’s hand-embellished for us. This is her story…
Meet the Artisan
Mantesh has been working at one of our subcontractor sites for three years. She has two children – a ten-year-old son Sahil and a daughter Janvi, aged six. Her husband moved to the city to find work and send money back to the family but for the last few years, has stopped providing financial support. Mantesh decided to take charge of her children’s future and take up embellishment work – she knew a little bit about the craft, having made her own clothes in the past.
Mantesh spends her earnings on supporting her family, which includes paying for her children’s school fees. She’ll soon be attending her cousin’s wedding and hopes to spend some of her wages on a new saree for herself.
The Flamingo Dress
Part of our ARTISAN collection, this day-to-disco flamingo dress has been beautifully hand-embellished with sparkling with sequins and beads. It’s crafted with a soft, stretchy bodice for comfort plus a flouncy tulle skirt that’s perfect for dancefloor twirls. Team it with a fluffy flamingo bag and sandals and, if the weather turns a little breezy, a white denim jacket.
The Monsoon Accessorize Product Supply Chain
Here at Monsoon, we take responsibility for our product supply chain. We map subcontractor sites beyond our factories and keep a record of the artisans associated with them. Each worker is required to fill out reference forms with their details, as well as those of their family members. They’re asked to affix a passport-sized photo of him or herself onto the form, and submit a proof of identification.
We’ve also introduced worker handbooks where artisans can track the number of pieces they’ve worked on and, in turn, keep a record of their wages. Upon payment from the subcontractor, each artisan then signs these handbooks. This helps create transparency in the supply chain by letting us know who is making our clothes, and allowing us to make sure that everyone has been fully paid.