The organic cotton jersey is cut, stitched, printed & pressed by the team at a small Fairtrade factory in the south of India.  

CUTTING & SEWING


PICO pants are being made by the team at MILA, a small fair trade factory in the south of India. MILA prides itself on helping small companies such as ours to produce organic cotton garments with a transparent supply chain.  The factory is located within a 40km radius of the spinning, knitting and dyeing units, so the production process is kept local, with little distance travelled after the cotton is delivered from the farmers’ cooperatives.  Girish, the manager at MILA, is an exceptionally friendly and dedicated person, and spent a day with us taking us to all these different units. As a result, we learnt a lot more about how all these processes work and the people and machines behind the scenes making it all happen.

MILA is both fairtrade and GOTS certified and is made up of a very small team of sewing machinists, screen printers, technicians, pressers and a pattern cutter. Most of the team have been working together since MILA was founded in 2012. Biju, Kamal, Murugan, Murugesh and Murukesh have all been part of producing PICO’s underwear.

We are very grateful to Girish and his team for all the trouble they have taken to produce PICO’s underwear to such a high quality. They have been wonderful to work with and we look forward to our next trip to see them in the new year.

 


DEFINITIONS & DETAILS


"CUT AND SEW" :  A system of manufacturing in which shaped pieces are cut from a layer of fabric and stitched together to form garments. In the case of tubular knitted fabric, the cloth is either cut down one side and opened up into a flat fabric or left as a tube and cut to shape. 

WHERE WE VISITED : MILA fair trade factory, Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu


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Alberto Balázs

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