Create Your Own “Peace Silk” Dresses with Supezas

by , 04/12/13

Looking for an eco-friendly dress that is cute, you can feel good about, and won’t break the bank? Look no further! We’ve recently discovered an inspiring company called Supezas, which works with rural tribal women to make customized silk dress designs in cute cuts and eye-popping spring colors, out of “peace-silk“. If you’re scratching your head and wondering what that is, “peace-silk” (also sometimes called “Ahimsa silk” or “Tasar Silk”) is a cruelty-free silk textile that is made without killing silkworms, unlike regular silk (read more about here.) Not only are Supezas’ garments kind to silkworms, but they’re kind to humans too — they bring fair wages and sustainable development to impoverished communities and are helping to revive the dying art of hand-weaving. Best yet, with Supezas, you’re able to get a custom-tailored, bespoke dress at a fraction of what a one-off garment would cost. Now Supezas has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to introduce their latest collection of personalized silk dresses. We encourage you to support them and get a custom dress, tie or chic scarf in the process!

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For their latest Kickstarter campaign, Supezas is using Tasar silk to make their beautiful custom dresses. This fine silk is also sometimes known as Ahimsa Silk, which means “peace” or “non-violence”, because the moth caterpillars are neither harmed nor killed in the process of collecting the silk. They’re allowed to leave their cocoon on their own as fully formed adult moths before the leftover silk cocoons are collected by local women.

Supezas recognizes that handweaving is a dying art — it’s a tedious and difficult job that typically doesn’t pay its artisans very well. Supezas’ goal is to keep the craft alive by providing consumers with affordable handmade personalized tops and dresses that pay a living wage for craftswomen in India. Supezas donates 5% of their sales to support handweaving and eco-friendly projects, furthering their sustainability efforts and helping the local people of the communities in which they work.

For a pledge of $100, you’ll be able to scoop up one of those amazing personalized silk dress. Supezas also has rewards for the fellas! For a $25 pledge, you can get a handmade tasar silk tie. Check out the rest of the rewards and support Supezas’s campaign on Kickstarter! Silkworms, the planet, and your wallet will all thank you.

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Originally published on April 9, 2013.

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3 Responses to “Create Your Own “Peace Silk” Dresses with Supezas”

  1. Amy Lue says:

    •Cochineal is an insect that is killed to get the red color. The pictures of these women toiling over a loom in a mud hut is nothing to brag about. $80 for a dress that was totally hand made from hand planted and harvested cotton, and handloom fabric is the same as slavery. Is no one else totally disgusted?

  2. raja says:

    You are absolutely right, those pictures of women toiling over a loom is absolutely nothing to brag about. At Supezas, we respect hand weaving as a fine art and we we work with them directly. We make a difference to them by being there for them and supporting them while they do what they know best. BTW: the dress costs $100 as only a Kickstarter special and the retail is $175.

  3. rinna says:

    Hand weaving is a fine art and occupation, I’m not the least bit disgusted. If they are paid fair and work hours are reasonable, what problem could there be? I think “mud hut” is a normal type of building in that part of the world. It’s a great idea to give those women the chance to earn money on artisanal work.

    Now I’m only hoping they introduce a really simple shift dress in their collection, the current models have too many details for my taste.

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