Marigold uses fabrics that are vegetable dyed and handblock printed to accent our naturally dyed organic cotton. Hand block printing is an age-old artisan tradition that dates back to the 12th century in India, but it is an art form that is dying due to mass produced manufacturing. We believe in honoring and celebrating the tradition of block printing to bring you clothing that is a work of art created by hand.
This summer we are proud to expand out line of organic cotton. Cotton farmers in India often do not receive a fair enough price to cover production costs. Many farmers have been forced to borrow money at extortionate rates. Unable to repay debts or support their families, suicide is common. In the Amravati district of Maharashtra 5,000 farmers commit suicide every year. Over the past two years Marigold has been buying our organic cotton from an organization based in Andrah Pradesh that helps farmers to escape the spiraling debt and increase their income by 50%. Since the organization started working in 2006 there have been no suicides amongst the 6,000 farmers we work with. Farmers have regained their dignity through self determination and through fair trading conditions.
- Agro chemicals destroy our environment: contaminate water supplies, destroy soil nutrients, and harm wildlife
- Farmers suffer from exposure to chemicals such as severe skin and digestion problems and fatal diseases, including cancer