Our sewers are like chefs in a restaurant - they make magic happen - and we work closely with them to make sure that everything goes smoothly. From the get-go, every cloth sewers who work for us need to undergo skill assessment and training to ensure our service quality. We help them deconstruct the old working mindset of the fast fashion industry where speed and quantity are prioritized over quality and creativity. Things work the opposite here at Reviv.
Most of the sewers we recruited are from vulnerable communities such as the informal workers or refugees who have sewing skill and are staying home to take care of their family. Our main aim here is to offer them a career opportunity that allows them to put their skill into use and make a well-paid income at home or in a nice working environment. As part of our goal, we also allocate a share of our sales as funds for development programs for our sewers both in terms of livelihood and skill development.
The Hmong Refugee Community
We are currently working with the Hmong refugees community who are residing in Bangkok. Hmong women are especially skillful at cloth sewing and mending because it is part of their traditional culture which has been passed on through generations, though the knowledge is unfortunately weakened ever since they left their homeland. Their lives in the city are also far from pleasant because they do not have citizenship - which means no access to healthcare and social insurance.
Despite the circumstances, however, their eagerness and open-minded attitude to learning that we observed during our training inspired us to be their partner (and thankfully they chose us as well). We want to help Hmong women utilize their heritage knowledge to support themselves and their family financially by having them be our first batch of Reviv sewers. Not only will they receive fair wage and social programs, they will have the opportunity to hone their sewing & mending skills as well as learn to share their heritage through design creation.
Informal Worker Community
There are many informal workers who sew and fix clothes at home or in the streets for a living in Bangkok and its surrounding areas. Many of them used to work in garment factories before they were closed down or relocated somewhere else, but now they either work as subcontractors or take orders by themselves for cheaper wages without any compensation. By working with us, we can offer them orders with higher wage and also receive welfare support through our social funds
Embroidery fabrics made by a community of visually impaired people. The project is administered by Thailand Association of the Blind with the aim to empower and build capacity of the community as well as providing them with an extra source of income. About 65% of the product price will go to the member of the community directly.
Cotton fabrics with hand-spun yarn, handloom process and local techniques of natural dyeing. The fibers are 100% organic and locally sourced which offer natural comfort and gentleness to sensitive skin. About 50% from their sales goes directly to the makers.
Textile designed and weaved by people with learning disabilities under the Arunothai Program For Children with Special Needs and Ubonpanyanukul School in Ubonratchathani province. Each piece tells a unique story that is translated in a unrepeatable design.