Built in New York and bred in New Delhi, Swiatlo is an international fashion brand with a love for global craft and cultural exchange. We believe in unabashed self-expression via uniquely designed and ethically produced small batch collections
Our mission is twofold: to adorn you in high-quality well-designed colorful forever pieces, and to contribute to sustaining indigenous craft techniques while supporting women makers in India. We are honored to have you with us on this journey!
Meet Our Founder
SWIATLO: “LIGHT, TO ILLUMINATE” IN POLISH. Swiatlo was founded in 2019 by Parsons alumni Elizabeth Hartman, an American with Polish heritage. While working in NYC for major brands such as Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren, she took a break from corporate life to visit India and learn about craft textiles. As an avid seamstress since childhood with a passion for pattern making, Elizabeth felt drawn to the devotion and dedication present amongst the artisans during the acts of handmaking. The intrinsic eco-awareness of Indian craft and the vibrancy of Indian culture inspired her to begin her own venture in an effort to support hand makers and elevate Indian craft textiles on a global scale. Every piece we produced has been designed with intention by Elizabeth herself, with an east-meets-west aesthetic combining the colorful intricacy of Indian craft with classic western silhouettes. Day-to-night forever pieces stitched by happy hands.
The Canvas NYC
250 Bowery, NYC, USA
"The Slowest Fashion in Town"
The Canvas stocks purpose-driven brands which fulfill a variety of the UN's sustainable development goals. Find our patchwork upcycled denim wrap jackets, unisex blockprint mix shirts and select resaree styles in-store and online
New Jersey, USA
The Rays Together online marketplace showcases a variety of products from vetted social enterprises providing economic development opportunities to artisan communities. Exclusive one-of-a-kind upcycled saree kaftan styles available on their platform.
The world's first platform for upcycled fashion. Our upcycled saree collection launched on ReFash: one-of-a-kind shrug styles stitched by MasterG womens' unit in Okhla, New Delhi.
MasterG centers around India train women for highly-skilled careers such as master tailoring and entrepreneurship. Gradutes will often open women-run satellite units such as Blind Faith Creations by MasteG alum Rajni Mourya. BFC crafted our Vidya Dress from POLYCHRONIC.
A woman-owned living wage studio run by Vaishale Mittal in the Shahpur Jat Fashion Street area of New Delhi. The master tailor at this unit is highly skilled and can whip up just about anything we throw at him. In POLYCHRONIC they crafted the Kaleido trouser, skirt and pant plus the Dymphna Dress and Khadija Dres
Women Fiber to Fashion
Women Fiber to Fashion is an NGO stitching unit in Delhi employing women who were once victims of human trafficking. They participate in skills training and find livelihood through the organization. They crafted our Tanveer Dress from POLYCHRONIC.
Ajrakh is a special form of hand block printing from the Sindhi region, a technique dating back three thousand years, in the remote Kutchi desert area of Gujarat, Western India. Our ajrakh fabrics for POLYCHRONIC were created by artisan printer Afzel Khatri.
We see previously used and discarded textiles as a vessel for stories and intrigue which we then stitch together anew. Our patchworked pieces are made from a colorful motley crew of recycled fabrics and deadstock blockprints from small shops. Our ongoing JOYFUL MOVEMENT collection is crafted from sarees.
Delhi is home to a plethora of international fabric suppliers. Often they end up with extra or unordered fabric in their storage areas which we happily take off their hands. Our black corduroy fabrics from POLYCHRONIC are deadstock meters.