Our Process + Ethics
Whilst "ethical manufacturing" has in recent times become a topic of consumer interest, Piyama has proudly, since we launched in 2012, upheld 100% responsible, ethical production. Our garments are designed in Australia, and manufactured in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia. We partner with a local garment production expert who has had 25 years experience in large garment factories in both Bali and Java. We are very fortunate to work alongside such a hard-working, competent and honest partner (Khoiri) who we truly respect. All sub-contracted cutting staff, sewers, quality control and packing suppliers are paid above average standards and are awarded annual bonuses and incentives. They have meal allowances included in their wages, are all above the age of 20 yrs old, and many have worked with us for many years.
The working conditions are superior, with clean, spacious spaces, clean drinking water, tea, coffee, fans + air-conditioning, wifi, music stereos, daily garbage collection and more. Many of the staff are connected via family and extended peer groups. There is zero discrimination in the workplace, both Hindu and Muslim religions are supported, with many religious public holidays and weekly mosque praying during work hours. Some sewing people work within an office premises, and some are "home sewers", mainly mothers who enjoy the flexibility of working when they want and in the comfort of their own home. As our production is quite "boutique" style and small, we have transparency and control over who and where the clothing is produced.
We care about our suppliers, and have taken the steps to listen to their needs, and this has been an important work in progress to fostering a happy, safe and pleasant work environment and experience. If everyone involved is content, the end product is assured to be one of quality and positivity. We are evolving as a company and this journey of responsible manufacturing is something we take very seriously.
Fibres + Fabrics
At Piyama we are proud to only utilise fabrics and materials that are natural, meaning they contain no synthetic fibres [such as nylon / polyester]. Synthetic fibres are fibres made by humans with chemical synthesis, as opposed to natural fibres that humans get from living organisms with little or no chemical changes.
Rayon is made from purified cellulose, harvested primarily from wood pulp, which is chemically converted into a soluble compound. Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fibre that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants. The fibre is almost pure cellulose.
Our fabrics are screen printed both in Bali and Java (for larger runs) with our exclusive motifs/ designs and hot washed pre-production. Both of these fabrics are breathable, light, and comfortable against the skin, making them the perfect sleepwear material.