We are Minnie and Nishu Singh, the curators of handmade textile collection, 7 Artisan Street! We are bonded first by the same cause of up-cycling and reducing waste, second as sisters-in-law.
While working in the corporate for 13 years, we got a chance to study waste and eco-friendly alternatives. It was during this time that we learnt about pre-consumer textile waste. It didn’t sit well with us and we knew we had to initiate change. It seemed almost natural for us to put our creative heads together and deal with the challenges of a start-up business.
A year later, 7 Artisan Street was ready to raise awareness (even in small steps) about pre-consumer textile waste to reduce our carbon footprint.
Socially Responsible: At 7Artisan Street, we have been actively involved in providing food, clothing, shoes, books and hygiene related items such as soaps etc. for a group of children that we have taken under our wing.
It is our dream to see these children of the streets get, at a minimum, the basic necessities of life. To realize “our dream” for these children we have further decided to give a significant portion of our profits towards their needs and growth. Over and above this your every purchase contributes towards providing basic essentials to a child on the streets. Make a difference!
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Meet "OUR CHILDREN"
They don’t have an address. The best we can explain is they live under a underpass (flyover) and this is the first time they have been introduced to books. At this point, they cannot read or write, so we got them coloring books, crayons and toys. It was instant love and a great start to a new beginning.
No step is too small and no effort is insignificant…. We provide educational books to these children and are in constant conversation with their families to encourage these children to go to school. We can clearly see that it is a mission we can accomplish together.
Clockwise from left (Top Image) : Dilshad (7 yrs), Munni (7 yrs), Muskaan (8 years), Sapna (8Years) Tara (8 years) Pooja (1 yr)
Welcome to "OUR HOME - Our Little World"
We call it "our little world" because it starts from our dining table and finishes in very well equipped basement & a garage-office and we could not be prouder of it!
Our interest, which we call our passion, has been to bring easy to maintain, quality products to every home and that it should be sustainable, reusable, recyclable and yet unusual and unique to your style.
The company believes in taking steps, however small they might be, to reduce the carbon footprint and “save the earth” by saying no to plastic and other harmful products.
Our SOURCE : Pre-Consumer Textile Waste
Walking around the textile markets and being connected with export houses, we handpick quality fabrics and other material like beads, lace, buttons, suede squares, jute etc. We try and pick up "end pieces", which essentially means “end of the yardage” fabric. We then mix and match them to create unique styles and keep our cost down.
We source raw material from manufacturing units as well and further enhance them my adding embellishments, hand embroidery and / or sequin work, making our styles distinct and appealing
It is quite simple, we call it "over a cup of coffee" technique!
Our ideas mostly emerge at our dining table over many cups of coffee and the inspiration is usually from what our friends share with us as a "wish list". It can range from a reusable bag made from canvas remnants to wooden trays re-purposed from pallets to accent pillow covers from excess upholstery fabric. We like to convert some wishes into reality and then throw in an extra measure and add our own embellishments.
Bottom line, our skill and technique are to listen to people, translate it on paper, create a board, make a pattern, take it to the needle and machine and be creative.
Before we tell you about 7 Artisan Street’s mission, let us share 3 life-changing facts that will make you think twice about sustainability:
- The United States, alone, sends about 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills every year. This includes pre-consumer, or unused, fabric.
- Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to break down. An estimated 1 million birds, 100,000 turtles and countless other sea and land animals die from ingesting plastic.
- The U.S. cuts down 14 million trees per year to supply raw material for paper, paper shopping bags, and other paper products.
- REDUCING WASTE BY DESIGN : Being a proud "Up-cycler"
- Zero Waste (use and reuse and recreate what you can)
- If it cannot be reused and recycled, then refuse
We hope you enjoy our journey and continue to support our missing and small businesses.
Best wishes from our home to yours,
Nishu & Minnie