The Tripty Project fuses traditional handicraft with modern design to create a company that has a positive impact on community, culture and environment while challenging the current model that produces waste and threatens human safety. Join us in this journey as we strive to show the world that an ethical supply chain is within reach. All items are proudly Made in Bangladesh.
A one of a kind hand stitched blanket from the village of Meherpur. You will never want to wake up from your nap cuddled up in this blanket full of good vibes from happy makers! Spread the love, or just use it for decoration. We let the Artisans choose the fabric combinations from old saris bought from the community, but you can guide us by choosing warm or cool colors, and we will find the best fit for you!
Cotton: Our Cotton is grown by indigenous villagers in small batches inside their seasonal food crops without chemicals or watering of any kind.
Pineapple: The Pineapple is sourced from farmers who used to have to pay to dispose of their waste leaves after a harvest. Now, we are able to purchase these leaves from the farmers, giving them extra income for their family's well being.
Jute: Our Jute is sourced from The Bangladesh Jute Research Institute. Jute is one of the most efficient crops that can be grown in Bangladesh, it uses little water and replenishes nutrients in the soil. By working with The Jute Research Institute we hope to continue to find valuable uses for this amazing fiber.
Drop Spindle: Using a top-like tool, skilled indigenous women turn the fluffy cotton balls into usable yarn in a dance like motion that twists and spins the cotton fiber.
Spinning Wheel: Women who spin larger quantities of cotton will build a traditional hand powered spinning wheel that enables them to easily spin cotton into yarn.
Machine: When a certain uniformity, fineness or fabric blend are required it is necessary to use an industry spinning process to transform raw fiber into cloth.
Small Scale: Groups of women gather together in a village meeting place and dye their yarn collectively using readily available materials like flowers, leaves, seeds and vegetable peels to create different colors.
Industrial: When larger quantities are dyed, they are brought to a small scale industrial facility that uses biodegradable dyes and treats the water before it is released.
Backstrap Loom: In rural villages women use a small backstrap loom that can be easily moved around the village. This allows women to weave in their free time while being near their home, crops and children.
Hand Loom: Though not mobile, a hand loom enables the artisan to weave a wider and more uniform fabric. This process is very different from a backstrap loom and requires a unique set of skills and focus to acquire the rhythm of the textile.
Saris: Our lining is made from Old Sari provided by the women who produce our products. This allows for each item to have a unique trademark directly from the maker and gives the consumer a connection to the people behind the products.
Trims: Trims are sourced from the second hand market in Old Dhaka where items destined for a landfill can be salvaged and repurposed.
Socially Responsible Factory: All the cutting sewing and assembly is done in Dhaka through a small local facility which hires and trains members of the slum community in Garment and Accessory Production to enable them to provide for their families. All of the profit from this facility goes to fund a nearby school which provides education and meals for 210 children.
All waste from our production processes are recovered and used to make trims or paper, making our items zero waste.
It is our goal to provide as much information about the people, processes, materials and impacts behind our products so our consumers can have confidence in their purchase and form a connection with the producers. We will continue to increase documentation and platforms for this information as we grow.
Through developing long lasting relationships with the artisans we work with, we are able to understand how to effectively reinvest our profits to make the biggest impact on their work, lives and community. So far, we have invested in machinery as well as a variety of trainings on natural dying, quality control and accessory construction.
Risks and challenges
For over two years we have been building relationships with artisans and groups all over Bangladesh. During this process, we've introduced a variety of quality control and organizational techniques that help them keep quality high and producing an items that has a consistency required in the international market. However, these items are still made by hand and inconsistencies will be a small part of the product.
Additionally, Bangladesh is a country with a highly unstable political climate. Often, nationwide strikes, or "Hartals", will shut down transportation around the entire country and even make it impossible for people to get to work.
There are plenty of challenges to working with small rural groups in such an unstable country but we believe that running this business smoothly is possible. We have set up communication systems and have been able to run small productions and import items to the US without any major issues. We know that many of obstacles lie ahead but we believe that they can be overcome with the community we have working with us.
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