We’re committed to bringing you hand-to-market goods with transparent pricing and ethical practices. We believe in products that empower the cultures they come from.
With industrialization and the entrance of GMO’s to India’s cotton industry, there has been much loss and struggle for traditional local farmers, cotton spinners and weavers. JOYN’s cotton fabric is hand picked, hand carded, hand processed, hand spun and hand woven on looms. It is then prepared for the block printing that brings our fabric to life. Our farmers and artisans take great pride in their work, the fiber, and the rich history surrounding this magical plant.
Our prints and patterns are made by hand block printing with pigment colors, which keep for a long time. A pattern block is dipped in hand-mixed colors and applied from left to right. When the block is applied to the fabric, it is slammed hard with the fist on the back of the handle so that a good impression may register. This process is repeated for as many colors as required in the pattern. Once the printing is done, the printed fabrics are either dried out in the sun or left to dry indoors. This is part of the fixing process. Once the colors are fixed, the fabric is ready for use.
We source our leather from a family business that specializes in the surplus market, which means we’re able to repurpose the leather that giant fashion companies have over-ordered and prevent it from entering a landfill. It allows us to keep from adding to the waste and unethical practices plaguing the industry, while still sourcing high grade, high quality leather.
JoyCorps, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, partners with entrepreneurs in the developing world to build strong businesses and healthy, thriving communities. 80% of JoyCorps’ funding and program support goes directly to JOYN’s Maker Cooperatives in India and Thailand.
JoyCorps supports development programs that move the community toward long-term sustainability by promoting wholeness in six categories: occupational, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social. We subsidize these programs until the local cooperatives are profitable enough to shoulder the costs on their own. We also identify and train local leaders and facilitate partnerships with local resources to help us carry out programs while growing their businesses. The goal is not to give a temporary handout, but to move the community toward real transformation and the local businesses toward long-term sustainability.