The Hand Me Down Saga: Friends for life, pre-loved clothes and saving our planet

wardrobe share swap exchange clothes

Year: 2010 | Day: New Year’s Eve | Mission: The ‘perfect’ dress When we were in school and college, borrowing clothes from friends was the norm. Any important event in your life, your BFFs were happy to offer you whatever you needed – be it clothes, shoes, bags, free advice and even money if you were broke (I have really good friends, what can I say?)! This particular New Year’s Eve, we landed up at …[Read more]

Sari Strategy Repurposing #01 by Sathya Bhavana, Founder of ‘Re’vastra

3R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This piece comes in time to commemorate Fashion Revolution – a movement born to demand fair wages and working conditions for workers-women in particular- in the garment industry. This movement was born in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza incident in Bangladesh on April 25, 2013 where thousands of garment factory workers perished and many others were badly injured.  Namaskaram! After being a fashion writer and editor for over 15 years, and having written over …[Read more]

The Life Cycle of Everyday Objects in my Indian Home

Use cookie tins to store sewing thread or trinkets

While growing up, most of my summer vacations were spent at my maternal grandparents’ home playing with toys made out of ordinary everyday things – toothpaste tube caps were collected, cleaned and we used them as building blocks or played checkers; cardboard boxes were repurposed to make doll houses, shops or even a train; used wrapping paper would be cut to make dresses for our cardboard dolls and toilet rolls would become binoculars for the …[Read more]

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DIY Upcycle used Tetra Pak into a pouch for coins and cards!

tetra pak upcycle milk carton

Are you among those of us who think packaging is art? The bright colors, the catchy motifs, the fancy fonts… I, for one, am often attracted to so many options as I walk down the aisles of supermarkets! Upcycling is a great way of turning the purchases into keepsakes…. And as a bonus, I keep the packaging away from the landfill / recycler for a little longer, avoid buying a new item (if the upcycling …[Read more]