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Priya Mohan

Priya is a fourth generation Canadian of South Asian descent. She is also a high school teacher, a mom, a therapy-dog volunteer and an entrepreneur. As the creator of sariKNOTsari, Priya Mohan aspires to provide customers with a curated collection of gifts, slow-fashion and up-cycled clothing, wellness products, and home decor that allows people to buy the things they need while making a difference in the world.
connect with her @ info.sari.knot.sari@gmail.com or through www.sariknotsari.com.

Entrepreneur, Owner Priya Mohan

Tell us a little something about your business...

The main goal of sariKNOTtsari was to promote a more sustainable lifestyle by eliminating one of the major waste producers in Canada while creating clothes for “real women”. Real women have bodies that are supposed to change shape over time and I believe that women should feel comfortable in their clothes. Through my clothing line I hope to give women the opportunity to make clothing choices that support the planet while making them feel beautiful. My hope is that women will forget what the fashion industry says they should want and start shopping for what they actually love and for what will always fit then as their bodies inevitably change.

When was your lightbulb moment?

I recently took a trip to India with my daughters during which I re-discovered the beauty of Indian textiles and I wanted to find a way to incorporate them into my Canadian lifestyle. Although this venture started with beautiful fabrics, it transformed into a journey of understanding the environmental impact of creating new fabrics and the importance of slow fashion. When I returned home, I quickly came to the realization that many of the unwanted clothes in Canada end up being donated, building my curiosity on what happens to all the gorgeous silk saris that South Asian women had worn to one or two events and then tucked away into the backs of their wardrobes. After researching and putting in the effort to build a clothing line that aided the planet, my team here and my amazingly talented team in Delhi have worked to turn those saris into generously-cut tops, jackets, dresses and other clothing pieces that can be layered for every season in Canada and can last a lifetime.

What are your three words of advice?

Three words of advice I would have for emerging entrepreneurs is to “connect the dots”. These words guided me throughout my journey of building sariKNOTsari. I learned that the key to success is to connect your own passion to what the world needs and to what people need.

Three words of advice...

Connect the dots…

Priya is a fourth generation Canadian of South Asian descent. She is also a high school teacher, a mom, a therapy-dog volunteer and an entrepreneur. As the creator of sariKNOTsari, Priya Mohan aspires to provide customers with a curated collection of gifts, slow-fashion and up-cycled clothing, wellness products, and home decor that allows people to buy the things they need while making a difference in the world.
connect with her @ info.sari.knot.sari@gmail.com or through www.sariknotsari.com.

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