About Pink Namaste
Completing the circle we support social and environmental projects in India. Up to date we have financed tailoring lessons for ladies near Mysore, training sessions in organic farming for tribal people in Karnataka, and have supported the making of an organic garden farm near Mysore.
Currently we are dedicating a percentage of Pink Namaste's proceeds to supporting a vibrant, well established and growing organistation called ACCORD (Action for Community Organisation, Rehabilitation and Development) ACCORD was born in November 1985 to help the Adivasi community of the Gudalur Valley in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu to take control of their own lives as they were being cheated and exploited and might soon have disappeared off the face of the earth, as is the fate of so many tribal populations worldwide.
We are developing our partnership with ACCORD with a perspective on future collaboration of developing trade and mututally beneficial exchange.
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The story of Adivasi Tribal people in a southindian forest becoming self reliant – again!
Q. Is Pink Namaste Fairtrade certified?
Answer from the FLO website:
Why aren’t handicrafts Fairtrade certified?
Fairtrade Certification and its system of minimum pricing were designed initially for commodity products. It is technically difficult to adapt this model of standardized minimum pricing to crafts and other products made by small-scale artisans, which are each unique, made of varied materials and have highly varied production processes and costs. However, FLO is currently working with the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) to explore whether we could work towards a certification programme for these products in the future.
The yoga mat bags are made by refugees from Sri Lanka who live in camps at Coimbatore and work at small tailoring units. Currently, there are about 65,000 Tamil refugees from the conflict in Sri Lanka who live in 133 camps in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Prior to fleeing to India in the 1980s and 90s most refugee families were agricultural labourers or fishermen. In India, some tailoring training centres have given training to the refugees in order to help meet the needs of camp inhabitants. The income generated by making these Yoga mat bags will go to feed their families and towards the education of their children. Normally they sell their products to local markets. Pink Namaste is giving them an overseas outlet and we are looking forward to creating more work for them.
The garments are manufactured by Indian women who work in garment units at Tirupur in the state of Tamil Nadu. They units are run according to fair trade standards: no child labour and no middle men involved, thereby giving a sustainable income to the people actually doing the work. The garment units are run to ensure a high standard of manufacture. Pink Namaste would like to bring them more opportunities of working with organic and naturally dyed fabrics.
Our yoga mats are made in Germany. This mats are produced in an environmentally friendly manner, tested for harmful substances and certified at the highest possible standard.
Meets the regulations (REACH) concerning the permitted substances on the European market. The mats are produced without phthalates only!. It can be washed in the machine up to 40° Celsius.
Creativity and Management Partners
A Creative person at heart, Shilpa has been involved in the field of design and clothing throughout her career. After a few jobs in the apparel, she wanted to pursue her dream of being the catalyst to change in the way we treat the environment. Since 2006 she has been travelling across India and documenting the traditional, environmentally friendly methods of textile manufacturing as well as studying the possibilities of converting them into commercially viable business propositions. On the one hand to benefit the artisans and on the other to reduce the damage being done through conventional manufacturing systems to the environment. She has done her bachelors in fine arts , and masters in Fashion design from National Institute of fashion Design New Delhi. Today Shilpa works with different trusts and organizations to retain age old traditional methods of dyeing and printing in the textile industry, to use recycled fabrics and reduce the carbon footprint to a certain extent, to ensure a fair trade method of manufacturing and provide maximum income to the actual people doing the work.
Sales, Design, Marketing Partners
Kirsten has been a traveling yogini and acupuncturist since 1995, spending many, many months in India amongst other places. During a year long stay in Mysore, South India in 2003, she developed the idea of Pink Namaste with her friend and neighbour Ravi Shankar and began to research possibilities of linking up social and environmental work with business. Since then she has met and worked with many wonderful and different kinds of people to move this idea forward to its current stage. She is continually inspired by the beauty of people, art, yoga and life and is committed to connecting people across the globe in a positive way. She is based in the UK, practising acupuncture and teaching yoga most of the year, and always ready to go on a journey and grow.
As a yoga teacher and ambassador for Pink Namaste, I have worked with them now for two years, supporting their cause and working with marketing and promoting. Thank you too for supporting Pink Namaste, I hope you have received your bag and clothing with the same love with which the ladies of India made it.
Eastbourne Yoga teacher
With his newfound enthusiasm for Yoga practice and philosophy, Diego has been instrumental in giving shape to the Pink Namaste vision. As documentary filmmaker and international development consultant, he has been happy to support the design and communication process that enable initiatives like Pink Namaste to catalyse change in a new global and more humane society.
Amalia is the youngest member of our crew. She has been helping out with naming our Yoga bags and with some of our designs. She is featured in the documentary Part & Parcel. Guess what her favourite colour is?...Pink
Current: we are dedicating a percentage of Pink Namaste's proceeds to ACCORD (Action for Community Organisation, Rehabilitation and Development) who are working for human rights, health, education, housing and culture with the Adivasi Tribal communities in Tamil Nadu. Their mission is to redesign the systems necessary to help the Adivasi communities cope with the onslaught of modernity on their way of life and to prepare them to emerge from their forest retreats with their heads held high. Proud of their culture and their people.
We are developing our partnership with ACCORD with a perspective on future collaboration of developing trade and mututally beneficial exchange.To read more information about The story of Adivasi Tribal people in a south indian forest becoming self reliant – again! Click here
Our friends, supporters and wholesale partners
|Angela Mason||Massage and Gong therapist|
|Gaia Natural Health||Natural and organic health products|
|Hamblys Herbal Dispensary||Herbal Medicine|
|ICONES Cultural Cooperation for Social Change||International Cooperation NGO|
|International Yoga Centers Directory||Yoga Directory|
|International info page for Ashtanga Yoga||Ashtanga Yoga Information Page|
|Lucy Newport||Yoga Teacher Eastbourne|
|Neti Neti Eco Yoga Shop Japan||Pink Namaste distributor in Japan|
|OM Yoga Pages||Yoga Directory|
|Top 100 Yoga Sites Directory||Top Yoga Sites Directory|
|Wenche Beard||Teacher at the Yoga Life Studio Eastbourne|
|Yoga Holidays Turkey||Jo Ozden´s holistic retreat in Side, Turkey|
|The Freestyle Yoga Project||Premier Yoga Center in Tumbrige Wells, UK|
|Emma Newlyn Yoga||Musician. Yoga Teacher. Massage Therapist|
|Asheville Yoga Center||Asheville Yoga Center 211 S. Liberty Street Asheville, NC 28801|
|Ian McDonald||Oxford Yoga, UK|