Together we ensure that the TIA brand is ethical and all aspects of the business is treated with respect and compassion, with a focus on our materials impact being less harmful to the environment. At TIA, the environment and sustainability is central to everything that we do.
And with that in mind we move forward with producing simplistic, delicate yet powerful clothing for everyday wear. Inspired by our love of nature & the beauty and consciousness that India has to offer!
Transparency has always played a vital role in our growth as a company; We are constantly reflecting on ways in which we can transition and grow the sector of sustainability within our own business. For instance we are working towards curating our SS22 collection to be made with eco-responsible fibres like Lyocell & Eco-vero Viscose.
Touring and absorbing the grounds of India highly inspired us as we searched for fibers that we believed aligned with our vision. But our journey hasn’t stopped there; we continue to study and venture new alternatives as we grow as a brand and strive to lessen our footprint! Our cottons are dyed using AZO FREE DYES therefore, are significantly less harmful. These dyes offer higher absorption rates, minimising grey water run-off during production which helps avoid pollution of natural waterways. We manufacture in small batches, only what we need, using low impact materials and have a fully transparent supply chain that we closely monitor. Our garments are designed to be worn many times, over many years. We work with a small team of artisans in India. We pay a fair wage to our team, provide excellent working conditions and help support local communities. We believe in giving back and collectively working alongside the community and culture. Our values not only express the importance of the ethical treatment of the planet but also the people within it, hence we believe it is just as important to know who made your clothes and to support your local artisans.
We have a Zero Waste policy where we try to minimise all wastage in our process. Fabric offcuts have been used to create our range of bags and are also donated to local charity. We have been working alongside Project Três; an organization which supports women through education and skill-training in India and Kenya. We have collaborated through donations and giveaways to further support and advocate their voice regarding the importance of education on fair trade and self-sustainability. Additionally we donate excess/unused fabric to them and as a result they curate scrunchies, scarves, stuffed animals and many more items.
We moved to 100% Bio-degradable polybags in August 2018. As these bags break down naturally, they can be placed in your compost or organics waste bin. We also use NOISSUE 100% compostable postage bags which can be put in your compost to decompose naturally. Our tags are made from recycled paper and no extra packaging is used in transport except the above and the cardboard boxes which our products get exported in, which get recycled.
We just started our initiative to give back to the earth planting more trees, Powered by Ecologi. There are currently 3800 trees in the Studio Tia Forest, and it grows with every purchase made on studiotia.co
Studio Tia strongly believes in ethical and supportive practices to uplift women. Because we are based here in Goa, India we are aware of the low living standards many people suffer from, and without family or welfare support and lack of education, it is extremely difficult for women in particular to seek guidance. Project Três is an organisation that amplifies the skill set of women that are or have experienced hardships such as domestic violence, divorce and financial difficulties. By enhancing their professional craftmanship, the project creates life changing opportunities such as educating their children, and raising their living standard and encouraging them to create their own business ventures.
Tia met Carla, the inspiring founder of Project Três in 2017 and they immediately started working together, their mindsets harmonized with ethical production and eco- conscious principles at the forefront. Carla had begun working with Farida and Rupa, they were the sole earners of their households with limited education, and financial trouble. Carla had a vision to improve the lives of these women by introducing basic skills, she began by teaching them to make jewelry from waste materials and with that, the organisation formed.
Tia began by teaching the ladies crochet, after she witnessed this craft being used widely in Bali and saw it as an inexpensive skill to learn that the Project Três women could do at home and in their own time. She constructed some pieces with the women so that they could produce an array of products to sell. They now make placemats made from recycled saris and mini bucket bags amongst other interesting products. Since 2019, Tia has donated remnant and unused fabrics for the Ladies, to create items such as hair scrunchies, scarves and stuffed animals. We are currently working with the ladies to produce a crochet bag with our offcuts of this year’s collections.
Carla and this group of inspiring and bubbly women have created a safe space and community area that is used as a meet place for the group to gain skills, use as shelter if required, hold meetings and it is predominantly used for the ladies to support and heal with the confidence and care of each other.
We are so grateful to have been working with Project Três here in Goa over the years and feel hugely connected to these women and their journey. Above all, we are so happy to see how they have grown as independent and inspiring figures in the community. We can’t stress enough, how Project Três is changing the lives of these women, here in Goa and in Kenya, if you would like to donate and support the cause, or even have an artisanal skill that you would like to teach, we sincerely recommend you get in touch with the Project Três team, every ounce of support counts.
FABRICS & WASH CARE
WASH CARE FOR COTTONS
It is advisable to hand-wash your cotton garments for longevity. Always use cold water to wash loomed & hand weaves. After washing the fabrics softens. Never use bleach and always stick to natural fabric soaps. Hang to drip dry your loomed garments in well ventilated evening settings or shade since direct sunlight causes colour fading and damage to fibers. Lightly iron your cottons when still damp if needed. Spray water to dampen the fabric if completely dry. Do not tumble dry.
ABOUT OUR COTTONS
We are so excited to introduce our NEW curve hugging Cotton Flax Lycra fabric. (12% Lycra 88% Cotton) A flexible and comfortable weave that possesses a light to medium weight stretch to ensure full coverage and support. This distinctive checkered cotton flax lycra will take you from day to night with its comfortable weave and stretch technology, that embraces the figure. The impact of Lycra creates a unique, checkered box weave that exudes a subtle and textural finish to the fabric.
Our signature Cotton Gauze Slub is a lightweight cotton fabric that has a unique and subtle texture ingrained into the weave. It drapes beautifully and breezy, perfect for vacation wear on scorching summer days. Slub is where a proportion of the cotton fibres are twisted with more delicate yarns to create a slightly uneven texture. This cotton crinkles faintly with the irregularity of the twisting weave formation and we can't get enough of it.
WASH CARE FOR ECOVERO
It is advisable to machine wash cold these item made from. ECOVERO™ eco-responsible Viscose fabric. After washing the fabrics softens. This will make it last a lot longer. Always use cold water to wash loomed & handwoven fabrics. Never use bleach and always stick to natural fabric soap. Do not tumble dry.
ABOUT OUR ECOVERO
We are excited to introduce our new Lyocell fabric, a cellulosic fibre formed from wood pulp. It is also completely biodegradable and compostable, serving a circular afterlife for the planet. Its breathability and ability to wick moisture means it is perfect for hot and humid weather and therefore will require less washing and water consumption. Our lyocell has the most silky and lustrous feel; satin-like and gentle to touch. This fabric drapes beautifully and is opaque, our new spring pieces will take you from day to night as this fabric is an all round sensation.
We use AZO free dyes so there will be some discolouring after a few washes.
Read our blog for more info on Sustainable Garment Care.
Please keep in mind; our garments don’t have inner lining hence lighter colour cottons have a chance of being sheer.