EstaBolsaTieneTela was born with a "beautiful story" behind it: the choice of the seeds, their cultivation, the dyeing, printing, creation, packaging... have all been carried out organically, following the social, environmental and economical criteria of Fair Trade.
The Fabrics For Freedom Foundation is behind this initiative, which seeks to promote the use of natural textile fibers, giving support to cooperation projects and social aid for collectives that are implicated in the cultivation, production, transformation and creation.
Our first bag collection is created with organic cotton from the Vidarbha region (India). No chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used in its cultivation.
EstaBolsaTieneTela seeks to promote and protect natural textile fibers coming from agricultural and social projects, and to set up programs to recover indigenous fibers in danger of extinction.
Social Project. Farmers
staBolsaTieneTela supports the work of Vandana Shiva (Navdanya Foundation) to turn cotton cultivation into a dignified and sustainable means for the farming community of Vidarbha (Central India).
The farmers are trained in organic farming methods, are given support in the processes of organic certification, distribution and marketing. This project also finances the communal seed banks.
Social Project. Producers
The bags are created in the weaving factory of Assisi Garments, an NGO founded and run by Franciscan nuns which gives jobs to a collective of women in risk of social exclusion in the region of Tripur (South of India). As well as their fair monthly salary, these women receive training, room and board.
In Vidarbha, also known as India's "Cotton belt", 4.000.000 hectares have suffered the transition to genetically modified cultivations (GMO) of Bt cotton. The price of cotton seed went from 7 rupees/kg to 1.700 rupees/kg following the introduction of genetically modified Bt cotton. GMO cotton is also vulnerable to plagues, and as a result, the use of pesticides has increased 13 times over the same period, implying significant additional costs.
Farmers have found themselves trapped in a vicious circle of debt due to their increasing dependence on single-crop farming and to the loss of biodiversity of cultivations, the growing dependence of non renewable seeds and the monopolies that provide them with services, on the chemical products necessary to support the GMO Bt cotton and the subsequent decrease of soil fertility.
Sybilla, successful fashion designer with renowned international prestige, creator of the Sybilla and Jocomomola brands, is the designer of this first EstaBolsaTieneTela bag.
She presides Fabrics For Freedom, the promoting foundation of this initiative. From this recently created foundation, Sybilla joins the different aspects of her work in the last few years: fashion, agriculture, sustainable development and social consciousness.
As consumers we have the power to change the ways businesses work by choosing products and services that respect the environment and human rights.
Increasingly, we want and demand to know where and how the products that we buy and consume are manufactured, without relinquishing design or fashion.
Sensitizing and making society aware that a more responsible consumption is not only possible, but also necessary; communicating its importance and covering this new demand for organic textile products is one of the huge challenges for Fabrics For Freedom and one of the objectives pursued by the EstaBolsaTieneTela initiative.
This first bag is created with organic cotton from Vidarbha (a region in Central India). In this region, the purchase of seeds, pesticides and fertilizers associated with transgenic cotton, far from guaranteeing farmers a prosperous future, has sunk them into a spiral of debt and economic loss, which in thousands of cases has lead to suicide. As part of the project, communal seed banks will be created to make it easier for the farmers of the Vidarbha region to have access to organic seeds.
Activist, pacifist, philosopher and theoretic physicist. Creator of the Navdanya Foundation and of the "Diverse Women for Diversity" movement. Fervent defender of soil, women, biodiversity and indigenous values. As an activist, she has become the "watchwoman of seeds" and the voice of the farmers who are being cornered by the large agro-business corporations.