SilaiWali refugee artisans in India up-cycle waste fabric generated from apparel factories in their area. Each fabric is handpicked from these discarded scraps ensuring the quality of each doll. Clothing in landfills can last for 200+ years while decomposing and emitting harmful greenhouse gases. According to Remake, 80% of all textiles are destined for the landfill. Any amount of fabric waste diverted helps.

SilaiWali carefully handpicks beautiful Indian cotton waste fabric to develop a line of simple yet sophisticated rag dolls. Each piece is designed, cut, stitched and embroidered in our studio in Delhi.

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This unique toy was crafted using waste materials from industrial clothing production, each one is as unique as the refugee women who stitched it.

Product includes the bedding for the doll packed in a smart foldable box

Material: Cotton doll, polyfill, woollen hair, cotton bedding, paper box

Dimensions: H 47 cm, W 13 cm

Note: Silaiwali dolls are handmade and have slight variations in shape, size, and color.

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Weight .250 kg
Dimensions 47 × 13 × 5 cm


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  • Store Name: Silaiwali
  • Vendor: Bishwadeep Moitra
  • Address: R37 1st Floor, Khirki Extension
    New Delhi 110017
    Delhi, India
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$83.00 + $1.50 Tree Donation

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We are a social enterprise in New Delhi which up-cycles waste fabric generated from apparel scraps to create handcrafted decorations by Afghan woman refugees in India. Our products are eco-friendly, support sustainable incomes that help in building communities of artisans.


Refugees often live in ‘hotspots’ where the effects of climate change and conflict coalesce. In these contexts, the impacts of a warming planet can both be the cause of displacement and make living conditions of those already displaced more difficult by exacerbating issues like water shortage and food scarcity.


With the motto “A Stitch Against Waste. A Stitch For Freedom.”, Silaiwali’s handmade doll collection addresses some of the world’s most pressing issues – waste from the textile industry and the livelihood of the displaced individuals. As a social enterprise based in New Delhi, India, Silaiwali takes production waste from the city’s garment factories as raw materials and employs Afghan refugee women to hand sew each character together with skilful needlework techniques including hand embroidery and fine finishing.

Iris Strill and Bishwadeep Moitra had worked with women refugees and rural Indian craftswomen before. They were taken aback by the amount of cotton fabrics being thrown away as waste from garment factories. The creation of Silaiwali is, therefore, to help ensure fair employment for women from different walks of life in India and find a new life for the waste materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill.