One woman is redefining "Waste Fabric" for our Environment
November 7th , 2020 | Bhavini N Parikh
Desire to do something creative
I, Bhavini Parikh (Textile Artist, Fashion Designer, social entrepreneur creative director ) have been working in the clothing industry since the past 29 years. Graduated from the SVT College of Home Science of the SNDT Women’s University as Home and Resource Management in the year 1987. In the year 1991, I started toys library, cooking classes and tuition classes, also gave demonstration of napkin folding, ice cream stick frame making on TV "GHER BETHA” Guajarati programmed.
But the desire to do something creative was always there within me. It all started with working on TEXTILE SURFACE ORNAMANTATION, embroidery work for brands such as Leela Lace, Texport syndicate, Trikamdas & Bros.,Shagufta garments, Vira Enterprises, Shoppers Stop, AND Design etc where I helped in socio economic development of society by giving employment opportunities to women. provided jobs and trained more than 1000 women living within locality
What is considered "Waste Fabric"?
After working with them for so many years, I finally started my own clothing manufacturing company along with my husband "BN FASHION" wherein we would make garments for brands like Vira, Ethnicity, Handloom Emporium, Aari, Maaya Clothing Pvt. Ltd. During the production process, I realised a lot of waste fabric was produced and how so much fabric would go to waste. It was on seeing this plethora of fabric that I started making Garments, home furnishing etc which would be exhibited at exhibitions. I started thinking and researching about sustainable ethical fashion. Looking at a plethora of ‘Waste Fabric’ and seeing infinite opportunities was a kick starter. I wanted to explore this concept of what is considered ‘waste fabric’ and how we can use what is viable to reduce the amount of actual unusable waste created, all while maintaining a high design and production standard. In the last few years , my total focused has been on converting scrape from cutting floor to commercially viable products using environmental friendly up cycling and manufacturing methods.
Business model that is environmentally conscious
The BUNKOJUNKO is about innovating means and methods to save landfill, energy and water and ultimately support sustainability
Our company which is an ecosystem of not just processing upcycled material but also provide under-skilled women with the opportunity to contribute to their family and making them self reliant. Employing these women can now meet their social needs in society or improving the lives of individuals working for the company.
Since we work with industrial waste, our raw materials are determined by what we get when we go out for sourcing. We try to deliver the closest possible match but the pieces are never identical. To us it’s a wonderful process
We are devoted to textile up cycling by designing business model that is environmentally conscious. By increasing socio economic productivity of the youth and women in the community[women empowerment), improving their lively hood through sustainable income generating activities.It involves providing entrepreneurship development. We take extra step by giving back to society.
We believe sustainability isn’t just a trend and it shouldn’t be next generations job
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