Fairly Traded at Piccalilly
A ‘Fairy’ Tale - Handmade fairy dresses from Bali, Indonesia
This lovely supplier was in the back of Hannah Evans mind at the point she founded Piccalilly. She knew that these lovely little fairy dresses stood out from the mass produced dresses sold on the high street. At the time the island was suffering significant economic hardship after the bombing campaigns that took place on the island. Our supplier is based in the Balinese tourist area of Kuta, a place that took significant impact with the bombs, and they employ skilled local garment workers. Over the past 4 years we have placed regular and repeat orders and committed to paying 50% advance payments on all our orders.
The Bali bombings also had a big impact on Piccalilly founder, Hannah Evans. Hannah was 5 months pregnant and staying on the Island at the very end of September 2005. Hannah left the island and arrived at Manchester airport just as news was breaking that the 2nd Bali bomb had taken place. Hannah has since been involved in YKIP (www.ykip.org), a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of the needy in Bali through Health and Education Projects. Established only days after the Bali Bomb Blast of October 12, 2002, their efforts are intended as a living tribute to the 222 dead and 446 injured victims of the two blasts. To find out more about YKIP - click here.
Our non-organic ranges are produced by a small garment producer in Jaipur. Our supplier has very close links to the local community and part funds a school in a remote village of Rajasthan. We think they do some pretty important work to support and preserve traditional crafts and where possible they work with traditional artisans in their local communities helping preserve traditional skills and enabling the crafts people to stay within their village communities. This season we have worked to develop a range of garments that are made from traditional block printed fabric. We have of course injected the Piccalilly modern look, but the printing is old school!
We love working with these small suppliers as they are vital to maintaining local communities and traditions and hope to expand products within these ranges whilst working to improve their environmental best practice and sustainability. It’s an ongoing relationship which we are committed to.