This is where your old saris end up (and how they can help empower women)

Vogue caught up with Stefano Funari, founder of I Was A Sari and winner of the Circular Design Challenge, to discuss the importance of sustainability, circularity in fashion and women’s empowerment

This is where your old saris end up (and how they can help empower women)

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Ever wondered what happens to the old, tattered saris you discard after you’re done with them? Where do they go? While Stefano Funari, founder, I Was A Sari, and winner of the Circular Design Challenge, India’s first-ever sustainable fashion award, wasn’t searching for the answer, he did chance upon it in an accidental encounter. “A couple of years ago, I was working with a stitching programme that brought me to Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar, where I landed up in a warehouse full of saris,” recalls Funari. “I bought ten of them, and I kept thinking that there was something major that could be done with this.” Fast forward to 2013, I Was A Sari was conceived in Milan and birthed in Mumbai.

The ideology behind I Was A Sari

As the name suggests, I Was A Sari works with old saris, pre- and post-consumer waste stock and even seat belts to craft contemporary garments and accessories. “I see I Was A Sari as a label committed to zero waste—it’s an opportunity to work with material and give it new life in terms of functionality and aesthetics,” says Funari. But it was the un-utilised talent he saw in artisans that prompted him to take this further. “My observation was that there is a multitude of women who need time, inspiration, motivation and drive, and there are multiple NGOs that are training them—but these women are not masters of the skill.” Which is why he decided to create 2nd Innings Handicrafts Pvt Ltd—a zero dividend private company that owns and manages I Was A Sari—and then partnered with two credible NGOs to further his access to artisans. With a focus to empower Indian women artisans with a better livelihood and economic freedom, the fashion label’s identity became integral to supporting social causes.

“It’s very important for us that what we do is centred around sustainability, [meaning it] does good for the environment as well as our women artisans. We focus on what sort of work conditions we are providing to our artisans and employees too. When we look at circularity, we see many aspects like leveraging the resources—pre-used fabrics, post-consumer waste, leftover materials from production and dead stock—and skills that are available at hand,” says Funari.

Where do the saris come from?

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Chor Bazaar, as Funari revealed, is a hub of disposed saris. “The central belt of Mumbai is where the suppliers are located,” reveals Funari. “There is a Gujarati community called Bagri who barter clothes and go from door-to-door exchanging clothes with kitchenware. Some simply wash and sell them, while others wash and alter the clothes before they sell them. These clothes are sold every day at Chor Bazaar from 8.30pm to 9am. While some middlemen specialise in T-shirts, some specialise in saris of different kinds—cotton, silk, embroidered, vintage—and they take these saris to sari traders. That’s where we buy it from.”

How do they choose the saris?

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“We are very specific about our aesthetic. We check around a thousand saris but only buy 10 per cent. We take a close look at the prints, the colours as well as the fabric, and try to envision which sari would work as what—for example, a particular printed sari could be an amazing bag but a terrible scarf,” says Funari. The women artisans—Funari currently works with around 90 of them—do the cutting and stitching on the basis of technical specifications that he provides. “The product development is defined by us. We didn’t have any professional capacity before and we relied on 20 designers to create [work] pro bono for us,” he adds.

The introduction of embroidery

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“Embroidery is a fascinating industry, surprisingly dominated by men. If you go to France or Italy, you will see only women working on embroideries. But in India, apart from embroidery clusters in Kutch and Bengal, it is mostly men,” says Funari, adding that this propelled him to add embroidery to his upcycled garments, bags and pouches. “If it’s an upcycled pouch that an artisan is making, she can take up to six hours to make six pouches. But it takes four days to make an embroidered pouch,” he says. “This is why we need more women, and scalability is crucial.”

On collaborating with Gucci

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In 2017, Gucci approached Funari and asked him to be a part of their new CSR programme, Gucci Equilibrium, which drives social empowerment and is committed to a circular economy. “Gucci was looking to support a project that was different, where they could fully involve themselves. Luckily for us, Gucci has a strong interest in embroidery and they source most of theirs from Mumbai. They connected us to their local supply chain and gave us access to their leftover scrap material from their production that is upcycled to produce embroidery,” says Funari. This has allowed I Was A Sari and Gucci to help train women artisans from marginalised communities in Mumbai to become skilled artisans and embroiders.

On winning the Circular Design Challenge, India’s first award for sustainable fashion

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The reason why designs that are made sustainably are so restricted in nature is because of production constraints and raw material costs. “We have to make the most of the limited resources we have and that can be challenging,” says Funari. However, he says he has a small advantage since he works with saris. “Our inspiration comes from saris—we look at 5,000-6,000 saris in a week, all of which come in different colours, prints and fibres. We have to decide the most effective embroidery technique we can use. This ensures that every piece is unique and has a story attached to it.” But as expected, being a small organisation with a limited number of hands has its cons. “We have tight deadlines and can’t take anything for granted. We work with clients who expect perfection, so our products need to be professional and demand a certain level of detailed work,” he says.

Sustainable fashion is the need of the hour

“Our ambition is to grow from one brand to a platform where we can give new life to iconic materials, bring circularity in fashion and reduce wastage,” says Funari. “My advice to designers or labels who want to follow suit is to keeping your feet grounded, knowing your limitations and standing behind your ethical values and goals. That’s the only way forward.”

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Realme teases the launch of Realme 3, reportedly launching in early March

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Realme has so far launched five smartphones in India and now the company is all set to launch its sixth smartphone pretty soon. The company has today posted an image on Twitter in which it is teasing the launch of the Realme 3 smartphone.

The image shows two retail boxes — one of Realme 1 and the other of its successor, Realme 2. The company is clearly hinting at the Realme 3 as it asks about the addition of 1 and 2. It then poses a question if it is a simple maths or something big.

Realme teases the launch of Realme 3, reportedly launching in early March

The development comes just a day after a video teaser related to the promotion of the Realme 3 launch was leaked online. The video features Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth and a few other rappers singing about the Realme 3 smartphone.

Interestingly, there’s no information available about the Realme 3, including leaks, rumors, renders, which is a bit odd in this time of age. However, we should know something about the phone soon. While the launch date of Realme 3 is not yet revealed, it will surely be launched by the end of next month.

Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth had earlier confirmed that the Realme 3 will be launched in Q1 2019. Several reports are also making rounds, suggesting that the launch could take place in early March in India.

The Realme 3 will be the successor of the Realme 2 smartphone, which was launched a few months back in the Indian market. Last month, the company had announced that within four months of its launch, the company managed to sell over two million units of Realme 2 in India.

Within one year of its establishment, Realme has quickly become a household name in the Indian market thanks to its fast-selling value-for-money smartphones. It has now become a leading brand in the overcrowded budget smartphone segment in India.

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2.India has more than 300,000 active mosques. This outnumbers any other country in the world, even the Muslim countries.

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3.India is the second largest English speaking country in the world – 125,226,449 numbers of English speakers.

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11.Chess was invented in India.

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13.Yoga originated from India and is still in existence for over 5000 years.

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Pulwama aftermath: 200 Kashmiri students from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand take refuge around Chandigarh

Pulwama aftermath: 200 Kashmiri students from Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand take refuge around Chandigarh

After facing public fury, following Pulwama terror attack in which 45 CRPF jawans were martyred, over 200 Kashmiri students from Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand have taken refuge in Chandigarh, Mohali and surrounding areas.

More than 80 such students including girls from Dehradun (Uttranchal) and Mullana in Haryana have arrived in Mohali alone after vacating their rented accommodations and hostel rooms of their respective colleges. Some have even left for their native places in Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources disclosed that the students are associated with J&K Students Organisation (JKSO) and have been staying in different locations in the outskirts of Chandigarh including Mohali. The Mohali district administration has made adequate arrangements for their stay and security.

Inquiries revealed that over 7000 Kashmiri students studying in various educational institutions across Punjab and Haryana who are either hostlers or staying in rented accommodations. Because of winter vacation, a majority of these students had gone back homes and were not back yet due to heavy the snowfall. Those who are here have been advised to remain inside their college or hostel premises by the authorities concerned taking preventive measure for their security and safety.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had already made it clear that all Kashmiri students in Punjab would be given full protection by his government. The CM has also issued instructions to the police following the reports of Kashmiri students being targeted and harassed in various states in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

No innocent person would be subjected to any harassment in Punjab, Amarinder Singh had warned adding that those trying to perpetrate communal hatred and disharmony in the state will not be spared.

Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police, Harcharan Singh Bhullar said that the Kashmiri students who have reached Mohali from neighboring states have been accommodated in safe places. “Adequate security measures have been taken for their security and safety. Even the police patrol has been intensified in and around the educational institutions housing students from Kashmir,” he added.

Rashpal Singh, administrator, Sri Sukhmani Group of Institutions in Dera Bassi, says that the college management has advised Kashmiri students, pursuing studies in their institution, to remain indoors and not to indulge in any controversy. The security in and around the colleges and the hostel have been beefed up with the help of the police department, he added.

On Sunday more than 150 Kashmiri students studying in various educational institutes of Dehradun were forced to flee the Doon valley due to sustained attacks and harassment by RSS and BJP activists. Similarly nearly 150 youths from Kashmir residing in rented accommodation in Mullana village near Ambala in Haryana also faced the public fury and were asked to vacate their places by the locals and the panchayat members soon after the Pulwama attack.

The thousands of Kashmiri students are pursuing their studied in a number of educational institutions in the Northern states of the country to avail the benefits provided by the Indian government under PM Scholarship Scheme launched by the UPA government. Under this scheme the Union HRD Minister has been bearing all the expenses of every Kashmiri student including his fee, boarding and lodging and others.

Though they have a fixed quota for Kashmiri students in every educational institution across the country, the Ministry has also issued guidelines in this context so the students from the Valley are not barred from their right to education.

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Everyone wants to look young and stylish with their black and dense hair, even everyone wants to look young with their hair after 45 years of age. Due to increasing stress and pollution, people now begin to complain of white hair at an early age. In such a way, people use different types of color in black market to black their white hair, but due to the chemicals present in the color, people start to lose hair. Come on, let’s know how this peel of this vegetable can remove all your problems.

The peel of this vegetable can darken your white hair within a few days, know how

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If you are facing a similar problem, then now stop worrying. Hardly anyone knows that while the flavor of this vegetable is white, as well as increasing the taste, blackening your hair also makes them shiny as well.

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Potato peels are used to make hair black. This recipe has been tried for many years. The starch present in the potato peels acts as a natural color. Remove the frozen oil on the vitamin A, B and C scalp present in the hair masks of potato peel and do not allow dandruff in hair. Not only this, due to the many Minerals like potatoes, iron, zinc, potassium and calcium, hair falls too low.

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First remove the potato peel. After this, boil them well by putting these cups into cold water. When it boils completely, cook it on low flame for 5 to 10 minutes. Then put this mixture to cool for a while. Fill this water in a jar. To get rid of the scorching scent coming out of this potato water, you can also put some drops of lavender oil in it.

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FDA officially warns against buying young blood

FDA officially warns against buying young blood

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The US Food and Drug Administration is officially warning consumers that buying young blood infusions to improve their health is not a good idea. It is, in fact, a very bad idea because there is no clinical evidence that the infusions do anything, and the procedure could be dangerous.

“Simply put, we’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” write FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Peter Marks, director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in the warning. “Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them and are potentially harmful.”

The idea that infusions of young blood could slow aging has been around since the early 2000s, when studies in mice showed promising results. (Notably, the young and old mice weren’t just sharing blood; they were attached and actually shared organs, too.) The concept really gained traction a few years ago, thanks in part to a rumor that venture capitalist Peter Thiel was interested in the transfusions. As other sites, including Bloomberg have noted, despite the outlandish nature of the claim, jokes about vampirism, and a spoof on the show Silicon Valley, the idea has not gone away and young blood clinics do exist. Notably, a startup called Ambrosia Medical promised transfusions for $8,000 a liter. “It works,” Ambrosia founder Jesse Karmazin told a Mic reporter. “It reverses aging.”

There is almost no evidence that this claim is true. Some of the researchers who did the original young blood studies have shown (again in mice) that old blood hurts more than young blood helps and suggest that it’d be a better idea to instead just study why old blood is harmful. In 2017, a rigorous clinical trial found that young blood given to 18 patients with Alzheimer’s did almost nothing to treat the disease. Not only is this ineffective, but even typical transfusions can be dangerous, leading to a few dozen deaths reported to the FDA each year.

It’s clear that much more research into this “treatment” is needed, though that hasn’t stopped companies like Ambrosia from selling it to people. A Huffington Post investigation found that Karmazin is not allowed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, ran a poorly designed study of young-blood effectiveness that didn’t even have a control group, and has not released any information from said study, despite continuing to take people’s money.

Over and over again, scientists have made it clear that there is no good data to support this practice. The FDA is finally agreeing. So please, if the lack of clinical evidence and questionable practices of the startups weren’t deterrent enough, listen to the FDA on this one.

Pulwama terror attack: Pakistani artists express displeasure over Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi cancelling their Karachi trip

Pulwama terror attack: Pakistani artists express displeasure over Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi cancelling their Karachi trip

The literary and arts community of Pakistan has expressed their displeasure over Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar’s cancellation of the Karachi visit due to the Pulwama terror attack. A well-known film critic, Omair Alavi stated that Shabana and Akhtar had always been progressive and had always spoken in favour of bettering Indo-Pak relations, so their reaction to the Pulwama incident has come to them as a surprise. The arts council of Pakistan said on Saturday that it regretted the decision of the duo. Meanwhile, the president of the arts council also expressed his regrets over Akhtar’s comments and stated that his remarks did not seem appropriate for a literary person.

Shabana Azmi said on Friday that she and Javed have decided not to attend Kaifi Azmi’s birthday celebrations in Karachi. The couple who was invited to Pakistan by the Karachi arts council for a two-day event has decided not to be a part of their celebration in the time of mourning over Pulwama attack. After the attack, Azmi said that she felt weakened in her belief that people-to-people contact could force the establishment to do the right thing.

The Arts Council president expressed his sadness that Azmi had lost hope. He said that artists and people who are regarded for their literary and artistic contribution are the ones who give hope to people and they never disappoint them but Shabana seems quite disappointed.

The Arts Council has organised a conference on February 23 and 24 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of poet Kaifi Azmim, which will be attended by poets and literary personalities from Pakistan and other parts of the world. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar had earlier this month confirmed their visit to the city to attend the two-day event but cancelled on their plan after the Pulwama attack.