We employ over 70 staff, spanning Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian cultures, and encompassing Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim faiths. Rather than outsource to meet growing demand, we've concentrated on increasing the capacity of our workshop, providing more jobs for the local community and ensuring our high quality standards and ethical principles are maintained.
After graduating from the East Sydney institute of fashion design in 1994, designer Frances Carrington registered with Australian Volunteers Abroad, hoping to use her skills in a community in Africa. Instead she was sent to India. She was put in charge of the fledgling tailoring department of the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile. Her job was to teach newly arrived Tibetan refugees the finer points of tailoring and design. She oversaw the growth of the department from 2 to 15 fulltime staff by the end of her stay.
Falling in love with Indian and Tibetan culture, not to mention the fantastic landscape of the Himalayas, she determined that at the end of her tenure she'd find a way to use her skills to continue to benefit the local community in some way. In 1999, armed with a $5000 loan from her father she started Eternal Creation, with the aim of producing quality womens' sleepwear and accessories.
As the sales of Eternal products grew in Australia, the company was faced with a difficult decision - outsource or expand? Outsourcing would bring with it the ethical dilemma faced by many designers: how do you know your designs are being made under fair labour conditions and not subcontracted to other factories that may not meet these standards?
Frances felt that outsourcing production would ultimately end up betraying the original reasons she started the company. So she decided to increase the capacity of the workshop, which would provide more jobs for the local Tibetan and Indian community as well as ensuring that Eternal Creation's trademark high quality standards were maintained. In 2005, Eternal Creation opened the fair trade Himalaya Tailoring Centre in lower Dharamsala, which is one of the largest private employers in the area. Eternal Creation is a full member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, selling online and in over 100 stores in Australia, USA, Europe and Asia
Eternal Creation's Fair Trade range of babies, kids, womens and menswear is lovingly crafted in the Himalayas: visit http://www.EternalCreation.com for details
For more details on this stunning and affordable line of Baby and Children clothing contact: Visit www.JAGApparelGroup.com for details or contact JulieAnne at 214-274-2456