Joyn Bags: About the Makers
Where: Based in Rajpur, India, at the foot of the Himalayas. They also have workers in Calcutta and Dehradun.
Founder: Melody Murray (Mel)
Number of Workers: 200 (as of 2015)
Materials: Cotton, sustainably-sourced remnant leather, vegan leather
Values: Fair Trade, empowering women, handmade, recycling, slow fashion
Certifications: Fair Trade Certified by the Fair Trade Federation
"Mel's vision is to create pockets of manufacturing in India and Southeast Asia that are locally led, putting work back into the hands of the makers."
Meet the Makers
Tsering Yangdon, Fabric Cutter
Malti is a fighter. She has raised her younger siblings and has grown up quickly. She persevered through life’s challenges and is strong, beautiful, bold, and a little ornery. She loves to dance. Before working with JOYN, she was studying and she is so happy that she can continue to study while working. She has a dream to see all her siblings successful and settled well in life. Malti’s dream is to build a beautiful house for her family.
About the Materials & Processes
Joyn sources hand-picked cotton from local farmers in Calcutta. The cotton is hand-spun by artisans in Dehradun, and then hand-woven in Calcutta and Dehradun. Once the cotton has been woven into fabric, it is cut to size at the workshop in Rajpur.
You can support these makers by purchasing Joyn Bags here.