Mandala Apparels

Mandala Apparels

Women on Wings business partner since August 2015

Mandala Apparels was founded to bring about a positive difference in the fashion industry in India and at the same time bring employment for the people in Pondicherry. It started with just one vegetable dyeing unit, one tailor, one pattern master and 8 handloom weavers from the local community.

Doing business and creating social impact
Over the years, Mandala became a Fair Trade certified manufacturer exporting to several countries by 2009. It decided to source only organic cotton from farmers (primarily women). Today, Mandala boasts of presence globally while locally they continue to promote fair wages and develop their workers’ communities in areas of healthcare and education.

The partnership
Mandala works towards integrating all facets of the fashion industry, from sourcing to manufacturing, by creating equilibrated and harmonious relationships. Mandala aims to keep evolving and transforming the impacts on society, economy and ecology allied to the apparel industry.
Mandala and Women on Wings will partner in realizing the growth plans which include a strategy and business planning roadmap, marketing & branding strategy and organization development. This will result in new employment opportunities for over 5,000 female farmers in organic cotton and in the production of its Fair Trade children’s and women’s wear in the next five years.

“In order to reach our goal of one million jobs for women in rural India, we have a strong focus on job creating business models in textile and food & agri.”

Ellen Tacoma
Co-founder at Women on Wings