For over a dozen years, I have been buying clothes from Marketplace India a woman-owned catalog business selling clothes made and hand-embroidered by village women in India. You can see me in one of their outfits, dressed for my birthday celebration.
The company trains poor village women in the skills required to make the clothes. Thus, they can earn income that makes them self-sufficient, enables them to pay for schooling for their children, and helps prevent domestic violence, as their husbands have more respect for them. Take a look at their online site (See above.) The clothes are unique and beautiful. Mostly cotton, and very comfortable to wear. And with pockets in almost everything!
Now I’ve met a woman through Stitchin Fingers who does Indian embroidery as wearable art. Since I want to embellish a jacket for myself, I expect to find useful ideas at her site. Do go see Chitra Gangadharan’s blog and her beautiful stitching on clothing.