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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: ETHICAL. ECO-FRIENDLY. HANDCRAFTED.


Celebrate Fashion Revolution Day!

April 24, 2015.

Enjoy Complimentary shipping on all orders over $100 within the USA. Use Code FREESHIP.

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: ETHICAL. ECO-FRIENDLY. HANDCRAFTED.


Celebrate Fashion Revolution Day!

April 24, 2015.

Enjoy Complimentary shipping on all orders over $100 within the USA. Use Code FREESHIP.

Uchit is a fair trade earth friendly social venture!

Uchit which means 'Fair' or 'Just' in Hindi is a California Benefit corporation aimed at Empowering of Women.

Enjoy Elegance and Luxury achieved with no compromises - with our hand-woven and hand-dyed clothing accessories and linens for the home at the shop.

We believe every woman deserves a fair chance. 

Fair Trade

Uchit collaborates with artisan cooperatives to bring you our products. A vast majority of artisans in these cooperative societies are women.  

Earth Friendly

Uchit sources natural, sustainable products and operates in an earth friendly manner.

Public Benefit

Uchit  puts a majority of profits back into communities, both here in the US and in the product sourcing country for advancement of women. 

A look at how our designs are made

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We are Fair Trade

Fair wages and good working conditions for our partners are important to us. Therefore, we have partnered with hand loom weaver cooperatives that are artisan owned and run. A majority of the artisans in these cooperatives are women. As a cooperative they follow the wage and benefit guides as per the rules and regulations of the Government of India. Thus, all members are paid better wages and have access to benefits such as pensions, retirement funds, bonuses, and paid medical leave and enjoy paid government holidays. Child labor is prohibited in the cooperatives.

We are working towards Fair Trade certification for Uchit and its products.

Hand loom weaving:

Hand loom weaving is an age-old profession. Traditional wooden looms have been used for weaving textiles made of natural fibers like cotton, silk, and wool. The weaving skills and the wooden looms are passed on from generation to generation. The yarn is hand dyed using traditional dyeing methods. The yarn is then hand spun to form spindles for use on the looms. The skilled artisan then weaves these weft and warp yarns into beautiful hand woven fabric that rivals in quality any machine made fabric. However, this age old tradition is a dying art in the era of cheap machine made fabrics and low wages. Uchit hopes to play a small part in keeping this ancient art of textile hand weaving alive. We proudly bring you our contemporary designs handcrafted by our partner artisans.

We are earth friendly

Being good to the earth is important to us. We use sustainable, eco-friendly products, processes and practices and offset what we can't reduce. We are a Green America certified business.

In order to achieve our environmental objectives, Uchit is proud to source only eco-friendly fabrics made using earth friendly dyes. We take every care to use only such products and processes as to keep our footprint on the earth as small as possible. We use minimum paper and plastics, and when we do, we always use recycled versions of these. Every aspect of Uchit is run with the environment in mind, and this is reflected in our fabrics to labels to packaging and to even shipping. We try to reduce our carbon footprint, and until we find a way to ship products using renewable sources of energy, we are partnering with carbonfund.org to offset our footprint. 

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We Give Back


We aim to empower more women

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We Give Back


We aim to empower more women

We give back

Uchit is a registered California Benefit Corporation, which means that a main goal of the business is a public benefit, whether social or environmental. Uchit achieves this by being fair to people (sourcing only Fair Trade goods) and being fair to the earth (we minimize our carbon footprint using sustainable eco-friendly products and processes; and in day to day business conduct, we offset what we can't reduce). At least 50% of profits goes to fund projects aimed at empowering women, including education of underprivileged girls and micro-loans to marginalized women. 

One of the first projects Uchit plans to do this year is to help our fair trade partners be 'certified organic'. Organic certification is time consuming and cost prohibitive for our partners at present. We are in talks with them to help them monetarily and otherwise to achieve the 'organic' status. This will bring in additional international customers and allow them to charge a premium for organic products thus improving their well being.

One of the requirements of being a Benefit Corp. is that we produce an annual benefit report on our social and/or environmental performance. This report needs to be based on transparent and credible third-party standards, such as B Corp. We are now proudly a Certified B Corp.

Please look forward to our annual benefit report in 2014 measuring the social impact that Uchit has had in its first year of existence; we certainly are.

We believe every woman deserves a fair chance.

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Our Story


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Our Story


Who:

I am Ruksana Azhu Valappil. As long as I remember, I have been passionate about fairness and women's issues. I believe a key to a fairer and safer world is empowering its women. In many parts of the world, even in this day and age, the female half of the population faces discrimination and has little access to a reasonable livelihood.

So, I founded Uchit.

My life as a clinical research neuroscientist was rewarding. Still, my passion and strong belief in a better, safer world through women's empowerment led me to move away from science and start Uchit.

Why:

Currently, more than two billion people worldwide live on less than $2 per day - 43% of people in the developing world. The gap between the rich and poor is widening and the poor are getting marginalized further. There is a lack of opportunity to earn a reasonable livelihood in societies where gender and birthplace determine access to a fair labor market. Of the poor, six out of ten are women.

Access to opportunities and gender equality, including education are basic human rights. At Uchit, we believe a key to a fairer and safer world is empowering its women. Numerous studies confirm that financial independence of women leads to the well-being of the entire family. Therefore, the main aim of Uchit is financial independence and social justice for women, in keeping with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

We start by providing opportunities for advancement to women artisans who find it increasing hard to earn a reasonable livelihood.

How:

It is important to get the beginning right, so Uchit was founded as a California benefit corporation, which is a new corporate entity that considers a public benefit, whether social or environmental, as one of its main goals. Uchit is among the first one hundred registered California Benefit Corporations. As the primary aim of Uchit is to empower women, a majority of the profits goes towards projects that support that goal, both here in the USA and elsewhere in the world. A natural extension of such a goal is supporting fair trade and being eco-friendly. Uchit is now a Certified B Corp.

I hope you enjoy our elegant contemporary designs lovingly produced by our partner handloom artisans and will be part of this social venture.