House of Wandering Silk is a New Delhi based social enterprise whose aim is to create beautiful textile products that empower women from marginalized communities and supports artisans. Their guiding principal is that an item of clothing can only be genuinely beautiful if it brings beauty and benefit to all those involved in its production.
Founder Katherine Neumann previously worked as a humanitarian aid worker for over decade, but saw little substantive change in the lives of those affected by poverty despite the massive amount of resources committed. She became more interested in the long-term tools of development, such as social enterprise, and decided to start House of Wandering Silk in 2010.
House of Silk partners with cooperatives, women’s groups and artisans to design and create unique silk and cotton scarves handmade from vintage, upcycled saris and hand-spun fabrics in ikat, floral and geometric designs. The scarves are made by women utilizing the Indian embroidery technique of ‘Kantha’, a process whereby two or more fabrics are stitched together to provide strength and enable the recycling of saris. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each scarf goes toward the education of tribal and minority children in rural India.
We at Indelust love their ethos and production values, and are proud to feature them on our website.