We’re passionate about the practices that our partner companies in India and Sweden has established in order to produce our garments.
All of the cotton used for our fabrics comes from Fairtrade-certified producers. Fairtrade means fair trade agreements and opportunities for the cotton farmer in countries with poverty to invest in activities and communities for a more sustainable future. Part of the profit from Fairtrade-certified cotton is invested, by the farmer, in different projects for social, economical and environmental development.
Our organic and fair trade certified cotton is farmed by Chetna Organics in Hyderabad, Central India. Drip water irrigation is used for the least possible water waste, and the farmers receive good pay for their harvest. No one is exposed to dangerous pesticides and chemicals, and GMOs are not an option. Crop rotation insures fertile soil. Certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the Fairtrade Labeling Organization (FLO).
After the annual harvest (mid Oct-Mid November usually, depending on the rains) the cotton fibers are separated from the cottonseed. Some seed goes back to be new cotton plants, and some is pressed to gain the very lubricous cotton oil, used for cooking. The fibers are then cleaned and pressed into bales.
The bales of cotton are transported by train from Hyderabad to Tamil Nadu, in South India, to be spun into thread. The spinning for our Maker Skirts is made at KKP Spinning Mills in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, a company that of course is also certified by both GOTS and FLO.
The blue and grey Maker Skirts are dyed by BKS Textiles in Palladam, Tamil Nadu, and woven by the same. Naturally, GOTS and FLO certification, all the way through.
The printing inside the Maker Skirts are made by Kajskjul 46, a social venture, located in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The first and second round of Maker Skirts are sewn at Atacac in Ringön, housed in the same building as By Dem, Göteborg.
quality and price
Quality is crucial. T by Dem garments last a long time and represent sustainability, a sense of good shopping, and of helping to influence the fashion industry for the better. They cost a bit more, which is a price that reflects the actual value of producing responsible garments, from the cotton fields to you.