Holi Boli Blog Archive

Saturday, 22 December 2018

2018 December - Holi Boli Christmas Picnic

Holi Boli Staff making tiara's on the picnic
Every year we go on our annual Holi Boli Christmas Picnic.  We load up the van with people, uncooked food, pots and firewood.  There is not a single space left in the van.  We are peas in a pod bursting at the seems.  I am not sure that it meets western safety standards but it does meet our standard of fun.  LOL.  We drive down to the local river and find us a great space where we can cook and eat together.  All us women have a great time together, lots of laughter and good yarns.  I think we all appreciate being away from the everyday grind and being together.  It is definitely a camaraderie of women.  Even thought it is a bit of an effort it is worth it!

All in the van with our equipment
Just a short walk to our favourite spot
Preparation of the food
The best part.  Eating the food.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

2018 December - Graduation

Another awesome class of graduates from the Holi Boli Sewing Centre.  We teach stitching, pattern making and designing to students.  Most of them take these new skills and get work.  We even get to hire a few of them at Holi Boli for our clothing manufacture side.

Graduates of December 2018
The course runs for 4 months.  The students learn the very basics such as cutting with scissors and threading needles and progress through to the more complicated details for designing, pattern making and grading.  Each student has her own machine in class.  The practice on treadle machines which are the most common in India but we do supply electric machines for learning for those who are keen to try it.  The student feedback at graduation is always about how confident they have become, not only with their sewing, but in themselves also.  We hear stories about how students have received compliments from fathers and mothers-in-law about their new sewing skills who have never giving compliments before.  It always brings out a few tears for us all.

It's a great job.  Our sewing teachers, Nini and Banita, do a wonderful work.  How satisfying to be part of a work that encourages sisters to empower other sisters!  Love it!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

2018 September - New Zealand Fashion Week with Tonic & Cloth

The New Zealand Fashion Week was a real blast.  A dream come true thanks to Tonic & Cloth who choose to partner with Holi Boli to make their clothes ethically with sustainable materials.  We are really proud to be working with Tonic & Cloth as they stand for empowering the women and our planet.  Jodie has passionately poured her life into getting her label up and running and it has been a privilege to partner with her. Check out the Good Sustainable Fashion Show at NZ Fashion Week 2018 sponsored by Good Magazine.

Please have a gander at her online store that has just opened - www.tonicandcloth.co.nz

Here are some snaps of the clothes and the fun we had at the NZFW2018:

And now for the photos of the awesome Tonic & Cloth garments (now available online):

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

2018 August - New Zealand Fashion Weekend Here We Come!

Exciting Holi Boli news....

Wow!  It is amazing how life turns out.  When I chose to come live in the backwoods of India I thought I had traded all the glitter and glam of the fashion world for the heat and dust of beautiful India.  Apparently not!  I am going to the New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW)  all because of another NZ woman's dream to empower women in rural India.  Jodie Woods started Tonic & Cloth a few years ago and after a chance meeting with Jodie and we hit it off; our universes were very much aligned.  Holi Boli is now proudly manufacturing for Tonic & Cloth.  Just recently, Jodie got a phone call from the people at 'Good Magazine' and was invited to be part of their Sustainability Section at the end of the NZFW in what is being called New Zealand Fashion Weekend.  In turn, Jodie invited me to join her.  Holi Boli have just finished making the outfits for the models.  I am heading to NZ to join Jodie and friends in Auckland for the NZFW.  WOW!  I am super excited and incredibly grateful.  It is funny how life turns out.  This is a dream come true for any NZ fashionista!  Watch Jodie tell the Tonic & Cloth story in an interview below (I am in there on her computer for a bit - LOL):

You gotta love how crazy life turns out.  It will be a pretty quick trip to NZ.  I will spend time with my son who is living with my parents doing year 11.  I will get to see a few Napierites and Hamiltonians.  But mainly I will be in Auckland, which is great, I will be meeting a few people there who I haven't seen in ages and a few for the first time who have been such great influences of Holi Boli without even knowing me.  That always amazes me, people can be so generous!  

OK,  Thanks for letting me share my excitement.  Lots of love to all you sisters!

Kindest Regards,
Ana and the Holi Boli Team.  #loveyoursisters #holiboli