RAGS

Behind the Labels – Bohemian Diesel Marketplace

Starting this wonderful new week with the latest addition to our Marketplace: RAGS
I am super excited to finally introduce this gorgeous new label to you! Lovingly handmade OOAK embroidered kimonos, silky pants, amazing flowy dresses and statement jewelry in bright colors….

But find out more about Rags in the interview I did with owner and creator Dawn for our “Behind the Labels – Bohemian Diesel Marketplace” series below:

Who are you and where do you call home?
I am Dawn Schuster. Originally from England but I have lived in wonderful Tel Aviv for 10 years

What gave you the push to create your own label?
Last time I was in India I had the aim of starting my own label. I found a small family run business in Goa that dye and embroider their own silks and I fell in love with them. I love how every single piece is completely unique and totally handmade. We connected and have been working together ever since.

Tell us about Rags!
Rags is pretty new and only launched a few months ago. My aim from the beginning with the whole company is to make it 100% fair trade and to help women who have found themselves in extra hard situations such as sex trafficking. I hope to eventually work with these women and give them a chance at life again with good salaries and support as well as teaching them skills such as sewing and English.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from my travels around the world. Vibrant, wonderful colours that I have seen in Africa, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and the Middle East have inspired me to make collections using all the colours that make people smile. I love the Rajasthani and Gujarati prints and embroidery especially. I love the layering of patterns and fabrics that is so often found so effortlessly in tribal cultures. Anyone that knows me knows that I love wearing colour myself.

What does “being free” mean to you?
To me being free is going with your gut and listening to your instincts. Being free is a state of mind as well as a physical thing. Free from my own insecurities and fears. As a Sagittarius I am constantly battling the desire to travel all the time, as pure freedom for me would be to be able to travel wherever and whenever I want. I hope to discover wonderful, special treasures to add to my collection from all parts of the world.

The mantras you live by…
If you are not happy do whatever in your power to change it! And take risks what is the worst that can happen?!

Everyone should at least once in their life…
Travel alone.

What do you see in your future? Do you have a dream project?
In the future I hope that Rags will grow and I will travel the world to help women in hardship and give them hope and light. I have a plan for a charity which will combine creativity and art with helping people and combining cultures.

Shop the beautiful One of a Kind Handmade designs by Rags online here now and don’t forget to follow Dawn on Instagram!!!

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