It’s the season that sees us all turning to occasion pieces for festivities and special events. One of the hero pieces of our new party collection is our Lynette animal sequin dress, so we wanted to shine a light on this design as well as the people who made it.
Ruksana is one of our talented artisans that brought this beautiful design to life. , and here she tells us the story of her craft and her family life.
“My name is Ruksana. My father, Inush Mirza and mother Aashaton, helped me in my studies while I was growing up. I live in Mayurvihar, New Delhi, and have four sisters and two brothers. Due to large family size, it was difficult to survive on agriculture so, I decided to become an artisan. It is unusual work in my community, and I had the support of my parents.
I worked in various factories as a Finisher. I’ve been working at my current job for the last two years. I love my job as it gives beauty to the fabric once I’ve completed my work on it. I enjoy cooking though I don’t have much time for it, and I want to support my sisters and brothers, so that they can get a good education.”
The ARTISAN Collection
Working with craftspeople in faraway places is a complex process with lots of challenges. But it’s always been an important part of who we are and what we do. Our continued commitment to using handcraft helps sustain skills and livelihoods, as well as adding something special and unique to our collections.
A member of our Monsoon team personally visits our artisans, to watch our beautiful product come to life and get to know the people behind the intricate craftsmanship. We’ve worked closely with our ARTISAN suppliers to introduce worker handbooks where artisans can track the number of pieces they’ve worked on and, in turn, keep a record of their wages. This helps create transparency in the supply chain, letting us know who is making our clothes, and allowing us to make sure that the artisans have been fully paid for their beautiful work.