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This necklace is an epitome of zero-waste fashion. Textile scraps from recycled silk sarees are used to make fantastic, colorful necklaces, each one of which is unique.
The most striking colors and prints from leftover silk fabrics are selected. They are first matched piece by piece with colorful cotton thread and then sewn into narrow, double-layered "tubes". These are filled with Sheesham wood beads. Each bead is sewn into place by hand.
A community of women in West Bengal embroiders the silk pieces for the closure with a basting stitch (Kantha).
Reusing silk sarees is a very old tradition in India. The sari, the national dress of Hindu women in India, is about 6 meters long. Silk saris are a precious possession. They remain in the family for a long time and pass from mother to daughter. But at a good time they go out the door anyway. Then the sari is sold to the local pot-and-pans woman, or exchanged for cooking utensils.