Fair Trade Fortnight 2020: #1

It’s Fair Trade Fortnight so we’re celebrating all the talented ladies (and a few men) at our ethical and fair trade workshop in rural India.

This is a short video showing the different stages of production that goes into making Shona Easton leather & tweed designs. From the precision hand cutting process to careful assembly and stitching, there’s a lot involved.

Our fabulous skilled leather workers in rural India are working with Harris tweed (which I send to them from Scotland). The leather trims come from from all over the world.

Here, they are making our new Harris tweed and leather dog leads and collars, as well as the Mika bags. We also use the small pieces of leather, (from off cuts after making handbags) to make keyrings etc, so that there’s nothing going to waste.

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