Guest Speaker

Shripat Jagirdar

Founder, Weaving Vibes

  • Introduction

Shripat is 31 years old from Mumbai, India. He joined his father in the textile business in 2014 and realized the need for a sustainable alternative to the most extensively used Polyesters amongst other fabrics. While finding an alternative, he came across Hemp fabrics that immediately and naturally appealed to him. That’s what gave birth to Weaving Vibes.

 At Weaving Vibes their focus is on innovation and manufacturing new exciting sustainable fabrics on a Made-To-Order basis with the least impact on the environment during manufacturing and final disposal too. Weaving vibes is in the business of manufacturing hemp and hemp blended fabrics for its client based on their exact requirement. They have an in-house capacity to manufacture 1,80,000 meters/month of Hemp fabrics. Weaving Vibes has already manufactured over 60 varieties of hemp and hemp blended fabrics for industries such as apparel, Home Decor, Luggage, and many more. They also offer special finishes of Hemp fabrics such as Water repellent and Stain Repellent Hemp fabric, Wrinkle-free Hemp fabric etc, Hemp Dyed Fabrics (AZO-free dye). They also offer to print on hemp fabrics such as Screen Printing and Digital Printing. They also do Tie-Dye on Hemp fabrics and Eco-Print(using Leaves and Flowers) on Hemp Fabric. Manufacturing Hemp fabrics is his passion that has turned into a fruitful business.

  • Getting to know the guest speaker

Shripat Jagirdar said, I’m basically 30 years old. I’m from Mumbai, India. And my brand is Weaving Vibes. We basically manufacture sustainable fabrics, one of the main fabrics being hemp. And just a little to tell you about my journey as to why and how I got to manufacturing hemp. I feel that I didn’t choose to get into sustainable manufacturing, it kind of chose me in a way in terms. I was born into textiles where my grandfather was a pioneer in starting the shirting division for a brand in India called the remnants group, which is still one of the top five companies in India. And then with my father in the 80s starting his own weaving factory, they always talked about red pick GSM colors, weaving through my whole childhood. So listening to all of that, finishing my graduation doing a diploma in textiles. I started my journey in 2014, where I joined my father’s business. And in those four years, I learned a lot about polyester and hemp. And the widespread effect it has. That kind of made me think that there has to be a better alternative to polyesters in their plans. And that’s when I think around 2017 In India, plastic started getting banned in grocery stores, which got replaced by, you know, polyester bags, straws. And the whole sustainable wave basically took on and that’s when I felt I needed to get on this boat as well. Because not only is it great for the environment, it is great for the future as well. And it’s a little cliche, but I was in Amsterdam in 2018 with a couple of friends where I ended up going to the Hemp Museum where they have various kinds of hemp products from the flower to the stem to various kinds of seeds and everything. And that was my eureka moment because I remember seeing a hemp fabric and my textile brain just took off and I was like what Oh, I couldn’t make this. I just need to get my hands on the right yarn.

  • About Weaving Textiles

Mandi Lynn Kerr asked a question and said, Quick talk to me a little bit about the weaving and textile industry in India, because you guys are really leading the charge from what I understand on capabilities to weave and in the textile space, the amount of fabrics and designs that are coming out of your area.

Shripat Jagirdar said, Good, the industry in general is large. India produces one of the largest cotton crops in the world. So, in terms of factory textile started in India, back in the days when the Britishers had control over India, that’s when you know, the first factories came up. So India has a lot of knowledge, a lot of heritage in textiles. So, that is why you see, you know, they call, there’s this area called Devonte, which they call the Manchester of India, because that is the place where there are over 1000s of factories, 1000s and lakhs of looms, manufacturing, most of the fabric that’s you know, eventually ending up getting garment in Bangladesh and spread all over the world in different brands. So India does have a very strong hold in terms of manufacturing, not only in terms of woven textiles, but also agro textiles, also technical textiles, it’s vast, it’s a lot. So I am actually taking advantage of that, and kind of trying to make a change with not producing the non sustainable fabrics, by not only producing sustainable fabrics while maintaining sustainable ethics while running the factory as well. Because I feel that’s also a very important factor that normally gets negated in a lot of places.

  • What is Sustainability?

Mandi Lynn Kerr commented and said, that didn’t even, it’s kind of funny, and I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit how disconnected I was from the dollar t shirt that was being purchased at the stores and where that, you know, who pays for that the number of hands or the number of people that touch that piece of fabric before we purchase it in the store? So I was actually going to ask you, what is sustainability to you? And what does that really mean? When you talk about the textile space and understanding the chemicals? And you know, that is used and the staff or the employees, like you said Who touched and worked on the projects? Can you like to speak without greenwashing. Right, there’s so much greenwashing that happens

Shripat Jagirdar said, So I wouldn’t want to generalize it, I can just speak with my personal experience. And the people I’ve met in India, who are also manufacturing some of the other sustainable products, all of us are into CES, I think sustainability is a lifestyle, it can’t just be a part of you, it kind of encompasses you, in terms of your living your food habits, and makes you think at terms of disposal of waste. So overall, it’s kind of a holistic, you know, journey. It’s not only that I’m doing sustainable fabrics and driving a petrol or diesel car. It’s not only I’m making sustainable fabrics, and paying less to my employees doing overalls, it has to be everything. So a lot of people when they come to me, they’re like no your fabrics are expensive. I’m like they’re expensive, because I’m treating my workers the right way. I’m giving them all the right wages. And I’m following all the free dyes, all the norms, all the God a certification, so all that adds price. But the benefit is that him as we all know, the strongest fiber in the world. So you get longer tivity. If I tell you as a grocery store, you replace your polyester bags with my handbags. And that person who buys it for his entire generation, he does not need to take another bag to the grocery. That is a difference that we’re trying to build awareness into people . Fast fashion has kind of spoiled this entire thing because people generally don’t want to wear a piece of shirt or T-shirt six, seven times and then throw it away, not bothering about what happens to it. So we need to give this entire picture form to fashion and disposable disposal of fashion. I think that the entire picture is a very important picture that needs to be presented.

  • About the Company

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, I totally agree with you about fast fashion. And again, how disconnected I was and I give credit back to hemp because I feel like it really revealed the opportunity that we have to make such a big impact and a change in that supply chain. So talk to you a little bit about your company. And where did you start? Where are you now? What are some of the visions that you have?

Shripat Jagirdar said, So we actually started with the r&d and 2018 is when I flew back and I realized I gotta do something with this, but it took me a year. You know, find a responsible yarn source to get you know, all the credentials, all the certifications, the entire cause we work with 100% transparency. And we believe in that. So we wanted to work with manufacturers that have the entire farm to yarn kind of, you know, documented stages. So it took us time over there once we got the yarns. I mean, like most businesses, it definitely didn’t work out. We have to do a lot of trials in terms of not only weaving the fabric but getting the right finish, the right fall with the right you know, non hazardous chemicals, and all of those things. So we started commercial production and selling in mid 2020. So you can call us a kind of pre COVID company that has just been one and a half years old. But in these one and a half years we’ve really grown by that, I mean, we started off with only targeting the shooting industry typically for men’s but within a few months we got into women’s wear, we got into kids wear and Menswear. Then in a few months we got into Home Depot for bedsheets, pillow covers, cushion covers, sofas, sofa, sofa covers, and now we’ve got into the luggage department as well for as I mentioned, shopping bags, grocery bags, pouches, full bags, and a lot of more products. And I feel it’s endless, the possibilities are just going to increase. I’ve heard about you know, yoga mats. And there are so many more possibilities. So I feel hemp basically is like the only crop that can literally feed, you know, food to fuel. It has all those capabilities. And it’s super proud, definitely to our vision basically with weaving vibes. If you ask me what the vision is that two visions, the business vision is since we are already into weaving and you know processing of the fabric, we feel there’s a big need for spinning the spin the right yarns, because currently the world is dependent on you and China for sourcing of you know, good quality yarns is definitely they have a 30 year experience than any other country in that field. So to get the right spinning the right rowing rating processes, the right wet spinning. So I think that’s where we as a business will eventually branch out. Because as per weaving we have a capacity of 280,000 meters approximately per month. So I think that’s good enough for now.

 

Mandi Lynn Kerr asked a question: Those numbers I’m going to hear and what does that equate to? What’s that mean for consumers or somebody that’s not in the space?

Shripat Jagirdar said, basically, our setup is a b2b setup. So we have a manufacturing setup that can cater to around 250,000 to 280,000 meters of hem fabric. So that’s our setup. So we are actually going after big brands, who we feel can actually build a change, can build awareness and can drive, you know, consumers to think in a different way. Because 100 Small companies can make a change that one action or one other company can, you know, just launch a line worldwide with sustainable collection. So we are ready for that. We have the in-house manufacturing capabilities for that. We’re just looking for collaborations, we’re looking for brands to reach out, and kind of you know, give hemp a chance.

  • The Challenges

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, I’ve got a question, as we’ve talked about this space, right, understanding you’re in the weaving so you’re buying your yarn, right at can you talk to me about some of the challenges that we’re facing, especially on a global scale, for that piece, the spinning, you know, taking the fiber to a quality raw material into a yarn and then into weaving?

Shripat Jagirdar said, right now, the process of getting the fiber and converting it into spinning is the major gap in this industry right now. Because putting up a spinning mill is exhaustive in terms of finance. So it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to go around putting up a spinning mill. So it is even for weaving but spinning is even a larger kind of game. You need a lot of manpower there, and a good amount of technical knowledge. So that is the gap that we feel is what we want to fill in. And in terms of fiber, there are a couple of countries producing good long staple fibers. So we prefer to only buy long staple fibers when the quality of fabric comes out, much much superior and better.

Mandi Lynn Kerr asked a question, So long staple fibers. What are those? What are the standards? What is long? Like when I think that It really is two inches.

Shripat Jagirdar said, 3642 millimeters plus. Okay. That’s what we’re looking at and currently India has legalized two states in India to grow him. So, these two states have been growing hemp, but not to the quality for textiles, most of the plants are just being used for you know, cosmetics or medicinal purposes right now. And you know, the textile industry also requires hectares and hectares of hemp to grow to be, you know, turned into fiber and then into yarn and x y Zed. So I feel we have the brim of changing because hemp is such a robust property and grows in so many different climatic conditions. So I feel it’s a great bet for India to start with the growing and then get into the spinning

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, Amy made a great comment, the global black that gap is in the spinning. Great to hear of your plans, fingers crossed for your success. Yes. This is something that we talked about all the time and this next step. And as we talk to brands, on behalf of the Global Hemp Association, these same topics come up. And it’s always good. So talk to me about some of the greatest challenges that you’ve been able to overcome. What really good successes, especially in this last couple of years as you’re really manufacturing or processing.

Shripat Jagirdar, I mean, there were many great success I think every step is a success for me since the day I formed the company till now manufacture manufacturing hem fabric was just a dream for me, I didn’t know if I could, and then it came to the stage, how can you and then if you can, who will buy it, and there were so many stages. So definitely the first stage was sourcing the right yarn. Second stage was weaving. But I feel the biggest breakthrough we’ve had is understanding how versatile the fabric is. It’s not just to the apparel sector, is what most of the fabrics cater to. So we feel hemp can be used in such different industries. And we have kind of tuned our manufacturing capabilities in such a way that we can make a fine 90 GSM, which is a very fine hem fabric, to you know, the thickness is 340 GSM Canvas fabrics. So with that kind of a range, we fit into many we can supply to many industries. And what another USP that we’ve developed is 100% made to order. So if anyone has dealt with hem fabric previously, they know that whenever they talk to any manufacturer, there’s a set list of products that you get, as these are the products. This is what hasn’t stopped us from this. So as a buyer, your limitations reduce and you lower your kind of standards in a way or your designs in a way to choose from what’s available. So we’ve broken that in terms of we do 100% need to order. We sit with the brands, ask them what the end use is, is it a pillow cover? Is it a curtain? Is it a shirt and then we work backwards with them in terms of what Pantone shades we want to play with? What kind of finishes do you want, you want to stay for soft finish, then we tell them what blends so either you can go for hemp and cotton, you can go for hemp and tensile hemp and bamboo, hemp and IOCL The list goes on, you can even blend for five you can do hemp, bamboo, cotton, and Lyocell. So when you give this flexibility to the brand, they feel very comfortable in working. Also we work with very small MOQ. We work with 500 liters of batch. So what in this entire field when we put up it’s a funny story. But we put up the industry to cater to big brands. And we realize big brands don’t really care right now the people who care are smaller boutiques or smaller brands or small fashion designers. So then we had to change our entire strategy to get into a smaller MOQ because everyone wants 500 meters in 12 colors. But we want 5000 meters per color because that’s my setup. So we’ve kind of tuned ourselves to help other startups like myself also start somewhere.

  • The Product

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, This is exciting. Do you have in fact I have to tell you he sent me a pair of pants that he has. It’s absolutely beautiful fabric actually grabbed them and put them in a box because I’m taking them to NOCO with me. But I do have some fabrics that you can show some samples though.

Shripat Jagirdar said, talk about this. Like I mentioned, Weaving Vibes is basically into innovating sustainable fabrics. So we not only manufacture sustainable fabrics, process them in a sustainable way but we’ve also started printing in a sustainable way. So we’ve launched a new collection where we offer brands of eco printed fabric. By eco printed I mean we use the leaves and Flowers found in nature. We put them on the fabric, imprint their colors and imprint their designs onto the fabric. So I would just like to show you one.

He showed the product and he said, “This is something new that we’ve started. I mean, we can definitely do digital printing, screen printing, Rotary printing and all the general prints. But we’ve gone a step ahead and we said since we are manufacturing natural fabrics, why not print neck with nature with what nature’s given. So we go all around India, North India to South India source different different flowers, like marigold flowers, rose flowers, petals, and different smaller kinds of niche plants. And we get back and then we do r&d and kind of see, so the beauty in this is that you never get the same print again and again.

  • How do people get in touch

Mandi Lynn Kerr asked a question. Are you going to bring some of those fabrics, pieces of fabrics also. And many more? Okay, so, fabrics, you’ve got those fabrics, you’re gonna bring a bunch to NOCO how do people? How do people get in touch with you? If they want to connect? I know we saw your website, you want to let people know? How do people reach out if they’re interested in ordering?

Shripat Jagirdar said, You can get in touch with us via email. For you, you can share the email address. Also, what we have done is this is another kind of this is another kind of bridge that we’ve kind of overcome is where we found a huge gap of designers who for whom bulk is 50 meters, 100 meters, and who wanted to buy only five meters and 10 meters. So for them, we built an e commerce website, which is on WWE dot weaving wives.com Where we’re opening it up worldwide right now where anyone from the world can buy two meters up to 50 meters of fabrics that we have, they can dye themselves at home experiment, make some dresses, make some shirts, and then get back for bulk orders.

  • Operating in India

Mandi Lynn Kerr asked a question: Okay, so talk to me about you’re obviously operating in India, right. Are you planning to bring operations to you know, to scale outside of India? 

Shripat Jagirdar said, Yes. I mean, since we started we haven’t actually sold any fabric in India. We are completely export based. So for Some clients, we actually have two clients in Mexico who are using fabric to make shoes. They’re making the upper layer of the shoe, so we have a lot of clients in Australia and New Zealand. Those two countries, you know, are booming and asking for hemp fabric weekly. So we definitely in America also did a trial run with Amazon, where we were approached by Amazon for fabrics. And I essentially told them that we are b2b. I don’t understand who’s going to buy two meter cuts on Amazon because Amazon’s are a b2c market. And he said, No, you know, it’s so interesting and is so new to put it on. So I think yesterday or the day before we actually sold out on Amazon, so the shipment will come. But if anyone does want to buy fabric you can get it on Amazon, USA, Amazon, Europe, and in Mexico.

Mandi Lynn Kerr commented and said, Well, I would love to invest in support. You know, we’ve said for a long time, especially for our members to be able to add links or backlinks from our site. And you know, we’ve got a Shopify account on another business that we linked together too. But I would love to help, you know, promote products, one of the best ways that we’re going to grow this industry is getting the product into consumers hands and so the more consumer products that are made, the better we have of people touching it and understanding it. And especially seeing the difference in a polyester to a hemp or right on it. 

Shripat Jagirdar said, Believe me I had a lot of issues in terms of this, like these pillows you see behind me, I don’t make the pillows but there was a brand who wanted pillows. They said, can you make the fabric we made the fabric? We don’t know how it’s gonna look in pillows, can you make some pillows? So we had to print the fabric, make some pillows, and then he came back saying you only make the price? I said no. I said I can prototype so we do a lot of prototyping for a lot of brands, because like you said, they don’t exactly know how the product is going to turn out. And then comes the question of after use of you know, washing this pillow 50 times How does it feel after that? How is the print after that? So there’s so many questions and we have to help them with and guide them through the entire process. So I think that’s where my basic and weaving Vives build a relation with any brand and work with because it goes hand in hand that, you know, it’s just a beautiful kind of synchronicity that’s happening.

  • Source of Hemp Fiber

Mandi Lynn Kerr asked a question, So we’ve got a question: Where do you source your hemp fiber raw hemp from and you’re not sourcing raw hemp, you’re buying the yarn. 

Shripat Jagirdar replied and said, Good. As of now, where we have sourced fibers. I have done trials in India with some big spinning mills who are already manufacturing and spinning a lot of linen. So it was kind of similar there. But we didn’t succeed. But we have been successful in making blends. So 70 cotton 30 hands for 70 XL 30 Hemp 70 Live sell 30 Hemp is what we’ve made, but we’ve not managed to cross the 30 Hemp threshold is what we’re trying to get at. So currently, we’re sourcing the yarns from Indian traders itself. We’re sourcing from work globally sourcing. So China is a big player in this. Currently, we are buying a lot of yarn from a state in India called Rudra can which is being made from this Himalayan hemp, which has become really famous. So Himalayan hemp yarn is also really good yarn. But in the same, we are having the same problem where we’re not getting 100% champion, we’re only able to manufacture blends. So that’s why I was speaking to you. I said we need a spinning unit which can manufacture if not better quality as at least the same quality that China’s delivering right now. That is the benchmark.

  • Differences in Linen and Hemp

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, Well and of course that’s what we’re seeing is a challenge over here right now is getting the quality needed to the spinning mills. Can you talk to me a little bit differently for those that are unfamiliar with differences in linen and hemp or you know, some of these other fabrics or materials?

Shripat Jagirdar, Okay, so that’s that’s a question I keep getting from a lot of guys that are already in cotton who want to shift to handle they don’t know why they should shift to hemorrhages everyone’s talking about him so we should do it. And they’re like, you know, can you explain I’m gonna you should have done your research but then again, we have to help them out. So I break it down into two reasons: one is the farmers and the benefit that the farmers get. And the second is the garments and the disposal of the garments. So if I have to, you know, start with the farmers, I would start by saying the way it benefits them is firstly it grows, hemp grows really fast. So the yield time that they have the turnaround time they have compared to cotton or linen is much faster. Secondly, hemp is one of those crops that replenishes the soil, so they don’t have to spend too much in adding nutrients back to the soil. The third main point is it requires a lot less water, I would say 1/3 The amount of water that cotton requires. So in those terms, their expenditure on bringing water and using water as a natural resource which is now also you know, not in abundance like it was before. So that also helps the farmer fourth and the most important reason is hemp doesn’t require sand pesticides, it doesn’t require a lot of fertilizers. So not only is the farmer’s health not at risk, but again it helps in terms of finances. And hemp, as we all know, absorbs carbon carbon dioxide. Hemp is considered carbon negative. As you know, we all know it sucks in the carbon from the air and converts it into leaves like plants and so I mean hemp has been shown to absorb more co2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop. So there are several benefits to the growing aspect of hemp. Then when we come on to the fabric aspect of hemp, hemp is definitely inherently UV resistant and anti bacterial in nature. That’s why I love to promote it for kids. The second reason is that hemp gets softer and stronger every time you wash it. So in longer tivity being the strongest natural fiber, the cycles that hemp garment will go through last longer than any cotton or linen garment. Also, hemp I’ve read, felt and experienced absorbs color also in a much better way than cotton and linen.

In those terms, you know when you’re doing prints when you’re working with dyes, the color pickup and the fastness in terms of dry rubbing wet Romic is much superior than cotton. And overall with so many benefits I wonder why the fashion industry isn’t picking up hemp, you know the way it should and promote it. But these are the main two reasons why, you know from the agricultural aspect as well as from the government aspect. The two reasons why hemp is definitely superior to cotton and linen in my reasoning.

  • People think about Auto Industry

Mandi Lynn Kerr asked about people’s thoughts on the Auto Industry. She said, Talk to me about where when people think textiles, right, a lot of times people are only thinking textiles, clothing, right, when we’re talking about textile fibers and opportunities to be using materials in different products. Right. What about the auto industry? And you know, so can you speak a little bit about some of those materials that may be fed from that?

Shripat Jagirdar, replied and said Yep, that’s another very exciting industry that we are also looking into, is the auto industry. Yeah. See, to understand fabric is used in so many different industries, that it is just a matter of looking at it to see if it can be replaced with a sustainable product or not. And most of the time the answer is yes. And the answer is it’s definitely better than yes. So the automobile industry is 100% a great industry to start with, in terms of there’s so many like Tesla, I would love Tesla, since you’re already in the sustainability field, you’re manufacturing every car, you have to have all your materials inside, which I hope is sustainable. If not, you know these other people Mercedes Benz, BMW, Volvo that have you know, vouched to go by 2030 all electric. So these are the companies that I feel today or tomorrow will look into this. It’s the same, like I never thought of, you know, manufacturing duffel bags fabric, I never thought I would be manufacturing fabric for a company, you know, like a converse kind of company that is using fabric to make shoes. But it takes those brands to make that shift in mind to realize that, and then we’re sitting here, I’m ready to make.

 

  • Trends

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, This is just a topic that for the last two years, when I started this, really the textiles arm of our discussions took off. And we gained a ton of traction and a lot of people were interested. But it’s been a slow process to be able to bring that mechanics side or the processing side to or that second piece of processing right after decortication were cognizing fiber or cleaning the lignin and picking it off. Right. So it’s exciting to see it. So when we talk about trends, right, there’s been when this first started, there was a lot of concern also in it was this just another bamboo? Is this another product that’s going to grow quick, supposed to be, you know, sequestering all this carbon, this huge benefit, but then a major pain in the butt or toxic for processing? So can you speak a little bit about what you see, I think we’ve touched on it but even more.

Shripat Jagirdar replied and said, I feel for all these questions there is there are Institute’s like God as opio, tags FSC that are placed in position to make sure there is transparency, to make sure that there is no one in the middle that you know, goes a little off or who can manipulate, you know, the process in any way. And there’s also faith right at the end, too. I mean, how much can you monitor there, there is a limit to that. So I just feel like how you spoke about bamboo, I think hemp is not going to go the same direction, I think it’s gonna be really approved in the market, people are really gonna understand it. And especially in today’s day and age, where, you know, we are so aware of what is happening, where there’s so much pollution happening via the ocean via the land is Obeah just generally, you know, causing pollution. Everyone especially the younger generation is very awareness asking for environmentally sustainable products, not only for clothing, but in general in him if we talk about this, so there’s shampoo, there’s cosmetics, there’s clothes, you can literally live, you can wake up in the morning and sleep only with him products, there’s a whole line. So, it is just about you choosing that and you not choosing, you know something sustainable, and your point of pricing, I do agree that the prices for anything sustainable is higher than the non sustainable product. But that is only because of acceptance that these non sustainable products are manufactured in such large quantities, advertisers such mass scale, that if the same kind of audience, or the same kind of time was given to sustainable products is going to, you know, be accepted in a blink of an eye.

  • Who we are looking as an Industry

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, So talk to me a little bit about who are those ideals who fits into that box that may really get behind the industry and push this into big brands? Right, Who are we looking at as an industry to really say get behind us and help take this to that next level to that big scale?

Shripat Jagirdar replied in a world where everything is driven by social media, where big brands have a such a volume of followers, and there are blind followers that will won’t ask a question, but you know, their favorite brand has said this, so they will take it as riding on a stone right? So the only people who have this audience can actually make the noise. So though these are the people that need to come out, and not do it to just show that we are also sustainable, but actually pick it up with a goal and motive behind making you know the world a better place. Global warming is a real thing. It is happening, the world is hot, we need to cool it down. And you know sustainability is a choice today. It might not be tomorrow. So let’s not wait till we reach that stage. Just wake up and understand what you are eating? What are you wearing? How are you? You know, breathing?

Mandi Lynn Kerr commented and said, And what was your dollar? Right? We have an expo where we spend our dollars and a lot of it’s been like said for me, I was so disconnected to where everything. I just was not aware of the supply chain and how broken it was. And the people that were the labor that was going into it. James just made a really good comment. He said, Isn’t it wrong to say that it’s more, or that it’s more expensive if it’s better, stronger and lasts longer, infectious? Just cheaper? Right?

Shripat Jagirdar replied That’s 100%. Right, James, that’s what I also believe in. And that’s what I was telling Mandi, the same thing as an example of a shopping bag that you purchase with him. I mean, I would say last your lifetime probably go on to your next generation as well. And when they dispose of it, it’s not even going to harm the environment. So I take back my words, it is wrong to say it’s more expensive is actually 100% Definitely not only cheaper, but also healthier, to adapt to this for you and the environment as well. So there are a lot of people that I say, you know, you spend, say eight hours or six hours of your day sleeping on your bed sheet with your face touching your pillow. So you should be very concerned with what that material is. So in that we say that we’re promoting a lot of hem fabric in that with its you know, antibacterial benefits, that you know, this should be appreciated and should be highly accepted. As a lot of people don’t think about the bedsheets everyone wants like the cheapest bedsheet with the best print. But we are trying to get people to ask the question, what is his bed sheet made of? My skin is going to be touching it for six to eight hours. Is this good for my skin? Is this good for my body? So these are all questions and definitely only when the customers asked, are the brands going to answer. They’re not going to come out and give you answers on their own. So it’s for us to ask is like Mandi, you said, you know, we decide where we spend $1. So we should ask if we spend at all you’re right.

I would like to answer Robert’s question where he said, The blends don’t hold up as long, maybe five to seven years. In this also rubber we’ve kind of found a way to make the blends work. Actually what happens in spinning is when you try to make say a hemp cotton or a hemp Lyocell intimate blended yarn where you’re blending and the fiber stage. At that stage even however strong the hemp fibers are the manu the CSP level of those yarns are very poor, even poorer than 100% cotton yarn. That’s because when they are blended the properties sometimes don’t add up to bring about the strength and the quality. So even if Robert I wish that I hope you’re coming to Norco so we are going to have a lot of blends in our blends, you’ll notice a little difference in terms of we use 100% both ways. So if I’m blending hemp with bamboo, I’ll be not using an intimate hemp blended, you know intimate hemp bamboo blended yarn, but I’ll use 100% Hemp yarn and 100% Bamboo here with that. So with that when fiber to yarn is happening, all the characteristics, all the properties and all the strengths are mentioned. And then when you put it on the weaving machine, we will process it, it comes out strong. And that’s when you know you will have a better life cycle to the fabric.

Mandi Lynn Kerr commented and said, That’s great. That was great feedback. I’ve heard that so often you know about the blends and I think what you just addressed is something that’s probably not shared very often about no blending two different fibers compared to same one fibers

  • Bridging the Gap

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, Amy, she’s a rock star in this industry and a huge value add to so many students who have been to Montana and professionals within this industry. But James Doyle is another rock star in the auto industry. But the business model and structures within the industry need to be shifted more on the b2b side and the b2c side awareness needs on the cost of the activities. What do you think it’s going to take to get that message out there so that the buyer understands that the dollar t-shirt has a much heavier impact on the people and our environment compared to say, a more sustainably made product that may cost more.

Shripat Jagirdar said, So I think now that gap is bridging, it’s where before we as manufacturers had to really go out of the way to convince the brands, now it’s V going off and the brands coming halfway. Now if you notice the shift that is happening, a lot of brands are understanding the impact of the fabrics they’re making. They’re understanding what they’re consuming, and what they’re selling. So they I feel are halfway coming down this side where they are looking for opportunities, looking for manufacturers, looking for different fabrics that they can even offer to their customers. 

 

XVI. How can GHA Support Weaving Vibes?

Mandi Lynn Kerr said, the consumers driving this right, and the consumer now is willing to pay, they’re willing to pay more money, and especially these younger generations that, like I said, are being impacted by the detriment of what has happened, or the lack of concern about the impact in the last few years, you know, 10 15 20 30 years? Awesome. So what can the industry do to support your growth? You know, who are you looking for? And how can we really jump in and support you?

Shripat Jagirdar said, I mean, I am always, as I said, we are always into innovations. So I’m always looking for newer yarns for different kinds of blends for different strains, different you know, colors. So we’re doing a lot of yarn dyeing now. So there are some years that catch color, some don’t so we’re trying to figure out you know, what is the play there as well. So what we are actually looking for is two things, a lot of raw materials supply, a lot of help on that side, in terms of yarn or in terms of fiber, because as I mentioned, we’re thinking of putting up the spinning plants. So we are already doing a lot of trials in terms of, you know, where to get a fiber which is the best fiber which is the best quality of fiber. So that is one aspect. The second aspect is in brands’ kind of wanting and you know, taking a chance with him and creating a collection. So I’m always promoting an offering to anyone and everyone that you know, we are 100% Made to order and we make customized fabrics. So there even though your form the kids wear, the women’s wear the men’s wear, you can approach us if you’re from the luggage department, you can approach us if you’re from home DECO, we are here for you. And we like Mandi mentioned we also want to get into automobiles. So we are basically our year weaving wives goal is basically to be a pioneer and aggregator in this you know sustainable living space. We’re not here for the buck, we’re here to create something that the future generations will benefit from. And we’re always with open hands. And the whole idea is to build you know this holistic like useful for the community in India, the community is growing every day and how but it is still unorganized. It is scattered. For me. Personally, like we mentioned I also want to leave my holistic brand. So my invoices, my challenge are all printed on 100% Hand paper, then searching for him packaging. So the community breeds. I have a lot of companies where I’m supplying 100% Hemp uniforms to them and then into the CBD space but they also want a holistic kind of approach to their company. So they’ve also shifted to hemp paper they want hemp uniforms, they want now hem shoes, we’ve also approached the hotel industry where you know the slippers that you get in every room. So we say that it’s about time you switch to sustainable slippers and there is a variety of options and it’s at a very nominal cost. So those are many and we always open them with arms so anyone willing to try gives hemp a chance or anything you want to manufacture where you’re free.

Mandi Lynn Kerr commented: You’ve got my wheels spinning and there’s tons of people I want to connect you to Dave was on earlier especially when you’re talking about sourcing raw material and really moving into that piece of it. He’s doing some incredible things. And then I What would the next steps be if somebody wants to start manufacturing or selling a product? You know, especially like your pillows or your bags or backpacks, are you just selling fabric where you actually have those in products that say I could post on my website and start selling.

Shripat Jagirdar said, So currently we’re only doing fabrics. We’re not selling the final products. But we’re supporting brands that want to sell final products. So if there’s anyone out there that has an idea that wants to start a company that has a product in mind, but doesn’t know the A to Zed of sourcing that product of how is it gonna be, then I am here to help you ever thought of that, I will send you like these the final product. And I will help you with all the manufacturing with all the contacts and everything. That’s basically what weaving Vives is here to do is here to help other brands build their, you know, their market, or other entrepreneurs, you know, start their businesses. So, if you want, I can make a few for you and get them. That’s not a problem. But we’re definitely not getting into full scale, you know, manufacturing of the end product. Coming in fabric already, you know, I just want to, you know, be, I don’t want to be a jack of all trades.

He also added and said, I think we covered everything. One thing that you mentioned about brands and how they can reach out and what they can do. So we had a lot of inquiries in India as well, because a lot of small brands that do eventually make products, they, they come back to us and we’re not able to sell it, can you help us even sell this. So actually, in the month of April, we are organizing an event in Mumbai in India, where we’re bringing in several brands, brands from you know, building material to apparel, to medicine, to cosmetics, to packaging, all these different different brands, and we bring them under one roof. Because not only do they kind of eventually need each other in terms of, you know what I mentioned, the holistic image. But also there needs to be a lot of the needs of this community to come together and get organized. Everyone is scattered. And there’s so many people who don’t know who want to live sustainably, but have no idea where to get information from. Who do I contact? Where do I buy these products? What are the benefits of these products? So we are basically doing an event to promote awareness to unmake people understand that there is a better choice. And these are the better choices here are the people who are making changes in giving you a better choice. So that one thing that I feel really takes up and then I want to go around the world with these brands and just build an exhibit. Because it’s all about awareness. Right? What you’re doing is talking to so many people every day, the goal is to connect and build awareness because it’s all about, it’s all about getting to know once you get to know me you’ll think about whether I want or not.

Mandi Kerr
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