Holi Boli Blog Archive

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

2018 March - Easter Sale

At least 40% off all our "Ethnic / Boho / Hippie" style clothes!

We think Easter is about colour, peace, love, new beginnings, resurrection and hope!  It sounds like we need to get our Boho on! Feel awesome and free in 100% cotton:

Haram Pants (including NEW stock)
Sari Tops

Holi Boli Easter Sale

Need help with sizes?  Click here to see Holi Boli Size Chart. Or you can email us at holiboli@live.com or FB messenger Ana (Click Here).  We know buying online can be difficult so we work really hard to make it good for you

Also, we are introducing our new Holi Boli necklaces.  These are made by women who live way up in the mountains (Click here to read more about this).  We have been talking and think it will be wonderful to get some empowerment to these women too!  We can do that by making their market a lot bigger.  We hope you will get behind them and add some necklaces to your purchases.  They will only be offered to those making sales (since we cannot offer free shipping on them).  Give us your feedback on what you think about this new venture!  (comment below).

Enjoy your Easter,  (go to sale page)

Help your self to a fresh start if you need to!

Love your sisters!

From the Holi Boli Team.  :)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

2018 March - Necklaces to Empower Women

Hey there lovely people,

We are super excited to be joining up with some friends from Jeypore in South Odisha to present you with the traditional bead necklaces made by local women artisans there.  Our friends have been operating an NGO in India for about 13 years and have been very active in promoting micro-enterprises in their region that emphasise sustainability, empowerment, education and promoting local artisans.  A good fit with us at Holi Boli.  We really want to help their products reach the world market.  In our line of business more sales means more jobs and obviously more jobs means more empowered women.

Holi Boli is buying the beads directly from the ladies through our friends who know them well.  The ladies work from their homes in the hills around the city of Jeypore and come down from the hills to sell their beads in the local surrounding towns and villages (see the video link below).  We hope in the future to purchase some of their other cool products such as rucksack style bags that promote their sewing skills and their art.  So, it's a bit of a trial to see how it goes. For now, we will offer the necklaces as an add-on to your Holi Boli purchases when you reach the cart.  This way we can still maintain our 'free shipping' promotion.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

We would love to hear your reaction to this and any ideas for how to distribute this better to you guys in the future.  Would you be happy to pay for shipping to support these girls?  Do you know people that would love to buy these necklaces in bulk to support empowering women in rural India?  Anyway, it is always great to hear from you guys regarding this kind of venture.  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Check out the video below of the beautiful land and people of Odisha (posted by the Chief Minister of Odisha - Naveen Patnaik). If you look closely you will see many of the women wearing their beads (necklaces).  It is a super nice video watch on full screen! 

Love your sisters!

Lots of love and peace to you!
From the Holi Boli Team    :)   Click Here to go to Holi Boli Fashionz Shop.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

2018 February March Fun


Sisters supporting sisters - the grand opening.

Two graduates of the Holi Boli Sewing School started their own sewing shop in a nearby village.  These are the success stories that make teaching sewing so worth it.  It was such an honour to load up the van with Holi Boli staff and go and support the grand opening of the new store.  Well done ladies!  Living empowered!


Being inspired 

It was good fun to stop work for a few hours and be amazed at the skills of a fabric artist whose needlework left us breathless.  We really hope that in the future we can use such beautiful art in our dresses at Holi Boli. So beautiful!  Thanks guys for taking the time to come and visit us at Holi Boli and show us your amazing skills.


Swimming in Hirakud Dam with our Freeset friends

We had a very fun time with some of our heroes from Kolkata from Freeset (check out their awesome business by clicking here). We are making a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses for one of the Freeset staff.  We are super excited to be working with Freeset cloth and plan to work more with their beautiful organic cotton in the future.  We have been inspired continually by the Freeset crew and their dedication to Freedom business in West Bengal.  Absolute Heroes!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

2018 January - Holi Boli Stitching School on News World Odisha.

Wow!  The Holi Boli sewing school is on the News!  News World Odisha have done a segment on our sewing school in their human interest section of the 6pm News on the 18th January.  The film crew were a lot of fun and put all the ladies at ease.  Thank you to News World Odisha for making us all famous.... at least for a few minutes!  :)  Small English part after 1 min 23 sec.  Enjoy!  :)