Sari for Change: Empowering women through sustainable fashion

Sari for Change: Empowering women through sustainable fashion

Sari for Change creates stunning clothes from recycled saris; each piece is one-of-a-kind and empowers women in South Africa.

Three saris
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Sari for Change, a social enterprise founded in 2014, is dedicated to empowering unemployed women and promoting sustainable fashion practices. 

This initiative empowers women towards self-sufficiency and financial independence. They achieve this by upcycling gently worn saris into beautiful, one-of-a-kind garments.

Sari for Change recognises the vast potential of unwanted saris, commonly worn only once for special occasions. 

Using all six metres of beautiful fabric, these saris are transformed into a variety of garments, including jackets, kaftans, kimonos, and a limited collection of versatile wrap dresses.

Over 15,000 saris have been given a new lease on life since the organisation's inception.

Each Sari for Change creation carries a unique story. By transforming these traditional items, Sari for Change breathes new life into these treasured textiles while creating stunning new pieces.

Their journey, which began in a garage, has reached major retailers, showcasing the potential of their work and the transformative power of collaboration.

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