This is the third installment in my ethical fashion series. A few months ago, I kicked off the series with why I care about ethical fashion, followed by a post on finding plus-sized ethical clothing. This week, I will be spotlighting one of my favorite ethical fashion companies, Sudara!
I love pajama pants. I used to own approximately seven pairs, all for different occasions. Hot summer night? Cute shorts with polka-dots. Cold winter evening? Long pants with snowflakes. Christmas morning? Something cozy and good for photos.
But in recent years, I’ve stopped wearing them. I couldn’t find a pair that fit just right, was as cute as they were comfortable, and, most importantly, met my standards for ethically-made clothing.
Background photo courtesy of Sudara’s Facebook page.
Sudara makes gorgeous, ethically-produced pajama pants and shirts for women, men, and children. I’ve been a fan of theirs since several years ago, when they were still called the International Princess Project. After I started my ethical fashion series, I reached out to them to ask if they would be interested in having me write about them and the work they do. In exchange, they sent me a pair of their Sunetha full pajama pants.
Photo courtesy of Sudara.
The pants are beautiful and incredibly comfortable. They stretch at the waistband and also include a drawstring so you can adjust them to your own size. I love that they have large pockets that fit my phone and other day-to-day items, which many other pajamas don’t have!
One of my absolute favorite features, though, is how light and soft the fabric is. I can wear the pajama pants on a summer night without getting too hot or sweaty. While some pajama pants can irritate my skin if they are too clingy or heavy, Sudara’s pajama pants are really soft, and airy enough that my skin stays happy and healthy. The fabric is also bright and truly beautiful. I absolutely love them.
I kind of want to wear them as normal clothes. Like, all the time.
Best of all, though, is how they are made. Sudara’s goal is to help women rise up from sex slavery in India. To do that, it works with existing companies in India to employ women looking to leave the Red Light District and teach them the skill of sewing. Sudara employs hundreds of women who have left the sex trade and intense poverty, teaching them sewing and entrepreneurial skills and providing housing for both the women and their children. By paying them, on average, double the baseline for fair-trade pay, Sudara prevents its employees from having to return to the sex trade in order to survive. It gives these women the opportunity to work in safe and sustainable conditions and live in freedom from sexual slavery.
The women, in working for Sudara, have created a wide range of beautiful pajama pants, called “punjammies,” for women, men, and children. All their women’s clothes range in sizes XS to XXL, and I found their larger sizes to be nice and roomy. They come in a ton of beautiful prints and colors, which can be seen here.
In addition to the Sunetha pants that I was sent, I especially love these Sardha punjammies, which are made of cotton and come in a beautiful minty blue pattern, with fuchsia and gold trim. I may buy them in the fall, when I’ll need another pair of long pajama pants.
Photo courtesy of Sudara.
I couldn’t be more excited to be writing about Sudara and sharing the incredible work they do If you’d like to learn more about their clothes and how they’re changing the world, you can check out their website here.
As I mentioned, Sudara sent me a pair of their pajama pants so I could use them for this post. However, I was not paid or compensated in any other way. I reached out to their company myself, and all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Thank you!