The name "Sari Bari" comes from two symbols. A sari is the traditional clothing worn by women in India. Saris represent the essence of womanhood. In Bengali, the word bari means "house” or “home." Their hope is for Sari Bari to be a safe home where women who have been exploited in the sex trade can have their dignity restored and experience a new life in the making.
The Sari Bari women take worn, old, disregarded sari material and restore them. Patches are placed on the holes, the rips are sown shut, and the stains washed away. They are once again an object of beauty just like these women are becoming. Their own emotional and spiritual patches are placed, and their own scars sewn shut. Just as the saris are washed clean, these women recieve new hope and joy.
Each of our products, made from the Indian sari, is marked with a woman's name, a woman who now has the opportunity to make a choice for freedom and new life.