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🌺 Environmentalist | Designer | Vegan Cook 🌿 Exploring sustainability, fashion and heritage 🌼 Founder @tegacollective 🦋 elety.niha@gmail.com

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What is the most sustainable solution in the world? Well there isn’t just one there are so many that work together to create an ecosystem of solutions. Siloed solutions and singular thinking is what got us here in the first place. Nativity and understanding our earth in its whole rather than the parts of the sum will help us get there 🌎

The people’s forest movement || Gond Paintings In 1973 A grassroots environmental movement saved Kerala’s pristine evergreen forest, Silent Valley in Palakkad District from being destroyed by a hydroelectric project. The battle for the now famous Silent Valley raged for over ten years and involved thousands of people who did not even live in the vicinity of the area that was to be destroyed. Grassroots organizing with poets, scientists, activists and authors raised awareness with art, petitions and research. In 1986 Silent Valley was declared a National Park, a result of people gathering for environmental action. Clean energy, is not clean if we do not consider ecological and social impacts of projects to make sure communities and wildlife aren’t displaced. Protection status is important for forests but that protection should extend to tribes that live or steward those forests. Reducing our overall consumption of energy in the first place, especially in the Global North is important to live within our planetary boundaries. Sources: Silent Valley Gov, Conservation India, Adivasi Post Image Credits: Ashya, Silent Valley Gov

I partnered with @ikkivi to amplify artisan pieces crafted thoughtfully by independent sustainable fashion brands in India. 🫐 Advocating for artisanship and homegrown crafts has always been important to me in the world of sustainable fashion especially when we see how western craft viewed as “genius” and sophisticated but homegrown craft in South Asia isn’t given that same value. People are always telling me there isn’t good western wear in India, but there are so many sustainable brands with such unique silhouettes and creations when it comes to western and Indowestern clothing. Wearing the lovely Evelyn Embroidered Co-ord from their label @kanellehq made of Linen Satin hand embroidered with modern tailoring. Shop my curated collection with the link in my bio!

GET READY WITH ME and @ikkivi 🫐 an intentional marketplace hosting thoughtful sustainable fashion brands in India Advocating for artisanship and homegrown crafts has always been important to me in the world of sustainable fashion especially when we see how western craft viewed as “genius” and sophisticated but homegrown craft in South Asia isn’t given that same value. Wearing the lovely Evelyn Embroidered Co-ord from their label @kanellehq made of Linen Satin hand embroidered with modern tailoring. Shop my picks with the link in my bio!

In India “sustainable fashion” is just fashion because it is inherently sustainable every step of the way🥻 Most consumers are aware of and participate in the process of creating their garments. They know their local tailors, fabric stores and craftsman and work together to create or upcycle one of a kind pieces. India has a massive variety of regional textiles that are specific to their villages. They are completely hand spun, handloomed and dyed. Historically all textiles used natural fibers like jute, Khadi (indigenous) cotton, silk and linen etc that were native to there region as the product of regenerative agriculture. These fibers are then woven by weavers on a machine or handloom and dyed and printed/embroidered by artisans. Many consumers buy their fabrics and get them stitched by a local tailor, which supports local economies and doesn’t exploit labor. The definition of slow and transparent fashion. With the rise of colonialism and the Industrial Revolution, our relationships with labor and the planet were cut and we became dissociated. Growing up surrounded by rich South Asian textiles, fashion was a vehicle for not only self expression but a relationship with my culture as well.  What are some ways your community practices sustainability? 🌿

The People’s Forest movement || Save Silent Valley In 1973 A grassroots environmental movement saved Kerala’s pristine evergreen forest, Silent Valley in Palakkad District from being destroyed by a hydroelectric project. The battle for the now famous Silent Valley raged for over ten years and involved thousands of people who did not even live in the vicinity of the area that was to be destroyed. Grassroots organizing with poets, scientists, activists and authors raised awareness with art, petitions and research. In 1986 Silent Valley was declared a National Park, a result of people gathering for environmental action. Clean energy, is not clean if we do not consider ecological and social impacts of projects to make sure communities and wildlife aren’t displaced. Protection status is important for forests but that protection should extend to tribes that live or steward those forests. Reducing our overall consumption of energy in the first place, especially in the Global North is important to live within our planetary boundaries. Sources: Silent Valley Gov, Conservation India, Adivasi Post Image Credits: Ashya, Silent Valley Gov

Sankranthi Subhakanshalu to everyone 🪁🌼 Wishing you all a healthy and sweet life! There is so much more I wish I could fit into this 1:30 minute reel but I hope you learned a little bit about Sankranthi!

I am incredibly excited to announce my curated collection with @ikkivi with artisan pieces crafted thoughtfully by independent sustainable fashion brands in India. 🫐🍇🐙 Advocating for artisanship and homegrown crafts has always been important to me in the world of sustainable fashion especially when we see how western craft viewed as “genius” and sophisticated but homegrown craft in South Asia isn’t given that same value. Wearing the lovely Blush & Teal Dress from our label @the_loom_art . Made of 100% pure handwoven dupian silk fabric woven by the weavers in Banaras, speaking luxury in every inch of the weave. Shop my picks with the link in my bio!

California is experiencing historic extreme flooding with 34 million residents on watch with 1.25 inches of rainfall per hour. Climate adaptation is key to reduce the frequency of climate disasters and have concrete steps towards building adaptive systems. 💨 🌊 What are a some specific climate adaptations methods you believe need more buzz?

Flowers are integral to celebrations like religious holidays or weddings, but being able to reuse them beyond through practices like eco-printing 🌸 🌼🪷 Wearing @bageeya a sustainable brand focusing on ancestral practices where people would produce, reuse, mend and lend – both crops and products. Bageeya works with reusing temple flowers and marrying them with India’s heritage textiles like Kala cotton, linens and Chanderi creating happy therapeutic floral prints 🌸 Featured Pataka Mashru dress Fabric : Handwoven Mashru Technique : Ecoprinted with Marigold

There is always a need for more sustainable options during wedding season, especially when it comes to clothing and jewelry. 🌼🌸🪷 Wearing handcrafted floral jewelry by Prune India inspired by the connection between flowers and weddings. These heirloom pieces are some I will be excited to share within my family. As a zero waste brand, they collect flower and beads and then create upcycled sets in off season for brides to afford. Check them out!

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