How can you wash and care for hand block printed and hand woven fabrics?

Wash with mild detergent in cold water, wash colors separately, do not soak, do not dry in direct sunlight. Yes, you can put them in the washing machine.

How is Passion Lilie an ethical business?

Passion Lilie is dedicated to working with a women’s sewing cooperative in Bangalore that is certified by the World Fair Trade Organization and the fabric printing and weaving is done by a few different artisan groups in Andhra Pradeh, Bangalore and Rajasthan. Passion Lilie personally visits every artisan groups and has done extensive interviews with each group to ensure that they are meeting their standards for fair trade: a sustainable and appropriate salary, job security, loans and financial assistance as needed, health care, on the job free training, no child labor, safe working conditions, protection of the environment through water reduction, recycling and using only natural or Azo free dyes.

We have been working on building a relationship of trust, where the artisans can work in an empowering environment. These artisans have been able to overcome financial hardships through employment with the producer groups that Passion Lilie works with.

In addition, our local office in New Orleans is environmentally sustainable. We have adopted methods such as recycling, limiting our use of transportation and using natural light as opposed to electricity.

How often does the staff at Passion Lilie visit the artisan groups in India?

The founder and designer, Katie Schmidt, visits India once a year.

How often do you come up with new designs?

We have two main collections a year- Spring/ Summer and Fall/Winter- with the occasional individual product launch. 

How did you come up with the name Passion Lilie?

In Christianity, the lily flower symbolizes purity, which is how we wanted our company to be- pure and honest. We put a spin on the spelling of lily and added “Passion” to the front, because business can only grow and prosper with passion.