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What our customers say
I absolutely LOVE this backpack! The colors are a bit darker than the picture (straps are black and the denim is VERY deep blue as opposed to light) but that didn’t matter very much to me. The material is very thick and sturdy, the straps and adjusters work well, and it came with a hand written note and a reusable tote bag! So excited to use it daily!
The small tyre tube sling is a must have for everyone. It is cute as well as very handy. I’m not worried about the Bangalore rains soiling my bag anymore. I know they are safe. Also they go with my Indian and western wear? What more do I need? Nothing! But what it also gives me is a lot of space to keep my things. It is not crammed at all. Love it love it love it
There’s so much about Rimagined that’ll draw you back to them. It’s not just those pleasant colors which is the first thing we notice. Shailaja has an eye for details. Apart from the fact that they bring life back into used and thrown materials, all that she creates is utilitarian, brilliantly put together, there’s so much strength and intelligence in its design and build, perfect finishing. There’s no way you won’t rave about it and there’s no way heads don’t turn when they look at it.
Great communication from company regarding shipping times. Ran into a little trouble with the product itself but the shop was very prompt in responding to my complaint and went above and beyond in fixing the issue. Would absolutely do business again with them and appreciate the excellent customer service!
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Why Upcycling is important!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In Recycling, the base material is broken down and transformed into a different product, which is also quite resource intensive. This also results in deterioration of quality of the material. So eventually the material will have to dumped after some rounds of recycling.
In Upcycling, the material does not undergo any breakdown and it gets repurposed into a new product using innovative design. So looking at the Upcycled product, one can make out the base material that is used. The other phrase that can used for upcycling is “Extending material lifetime”. There is no loss of quality and the same material can keep getting repurposed using creativity. This is also not a resource intensive process.
The challenge with waste materials is that they don’t disintegrate and affect the environment adversely. We use this negative aspect of the material to our advantage when we repurpose them and create high quality products.
All the products are created to last long, without compromising on the aesthetics. Also we ensure that the accessories like the zips, pullers, lining material we use are all of the best quality so that every design we offer is of premium quality.So if the question is how long will the product last - our answer is “Longer than you can even imagine”.
The key to Upcycled design is that we work backwards. We first see what material is available with us at that particular time. And then based on this availability, we work on the product designs. So this does not allow us to create custom apparel. We always offer a capsule collection of Apparel, with also the constraint of the sizes that can be made available. The length of the fabric determines our offering.
Our idea is to offer our customers an upcycled alternative to most of the products one might use in every day consumption. So we also work with a wide range of materials which include Denim, Tyre Tubes, Fabric, Yarn (Cotton, Wool, Silk) , Wood, Glass
Upcycled products are perfect for gifting. We ensure that our designs are unique, quality is perfect and every design has a utility element to it. So the next time you think of gifting or you are receiving a gift, we would encourage you to check out an Upcycled alternative as your first choice. If you can’t find what you need, check with us. We might be able to make it for you.
We also do international shipments. But the shipping charges will depend on the destination location. Do drop us a mail at [email protected] with your requirement for International shipments.
Yes, we do take fabric waste and use it for fabric upcycling. This can be your clothes, sarees, curtains, bed sheets. But we would request you to send it to our workshop located in Kolkata, India. For further details, you can drop us an email at [email protected].
The key process as part of any upcycling we do is cleaning of the primary waste material. Every single piece of denim, tyre tube, fabric gets a thorough wash before we even use it. And to ensure that we follow a chemical free process, the entire cleaning uses natural cleaners like Reetha (Soapnut). This also helps us bring to you a product that does not undergo any chemical treatment and follows our philosophy of environment first.
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Welcome to Rimagined, a full-fledged manufacturing venture focussed on creating handcrafted, repurposed and upcycled goods. Since 2016, we’ve been driven by our passion towards building a culture of conscious consumption and encouraging consumers to switch to more sustainable product options, which is the need of the hour.
Located in India, we employ talented women and local artisans to use handcrafting methods to repurpose varied waste materials into innovatively designed products. All this is done under ethical work conditions and fair wages. In addition to the love and support that we continually earned from the community, the awards and recognitions we’ve received from noted organisations is indeed an additional feather in our cap.
Important terms related to upcycling
The word handcrafted refers to making something skilfully by hand. Handmade is another word for handcrafted as its meaning is the same, and therefore used interchangeably. In the same vein, handloom is a textile loom that is machine for weaving cloth, but is hand operated.
Patchwork design is one of the techniques used in handcrafting products. This method is mainly used for textiles and fabrics. Here, patches of fabrics are cut into different colours, arranged in an attractive pattern and stitched by hand. A good example of this is the patchwork quilt.
The word sustainable points to the use of naturally available materials, products and energy sources in such a manner that it does not cause the environment any harm.
Products that are made from raw materials that do not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients can be termed as vegan products. Example: Cotton (Vegan) Vs Silk (Not vegan).
The very basic meaning of this term is a situation where no waste is produced. It is a movement in itself focussing on processes that prevent waste generation and support the need for redesigning life cycles where all products can be reused. The key goal of the zero waste movement is to prevent trash being dumped in landfills, burned in incinerators or thrown in the ocean.
Our Upcycled Products
As one of the up-and-coming upcycling enterprises in India, we take immense pride in showcasing a vast array of upcycled products, ranging from apparel to accessories, bags to pet bed covers, and much more. The input materials we source for handcrafting these goods are post-consumer waste and excesses collected from manufacturing units, textile units and factories. Our key product categories include bags, furnishings and clothing.
Choose from a variety of bags to carry your laptop, crafted from denim and/rubber. They are easy to carry around and spacious enough to fit a laptop up to 15 inches (measured diagonally). We can also customise it as per your need.
Our laptop sleeves are built to last. They envelop your laptop in a snug fit. Tough and durable, these sleeves are made from denim, tyre tube rubber, or a combination of both.
For an overnight trip or a family vacation, you can find an interesting assortment of backpacks and duffel bags in denim that are not only spacious but also comfortably fit your budget.
Under pouches you can choose from stationery pouches, toiletry pouches, clutches, fanny packs, wristlet bags and air pod pouches.
Our shoulder bags section encompasses a captivating array of tote bags, for every mood and need. From bucket bags to patchwork totes, pick a shoulder bag from the multitude of alluring designs.
Nothing beats a good sling bag. Choose from rivet sling, mobile sling, crossbody sling bag, party sling or a patchwork sling. We also feature a sling that converts into a backpack.
Feast your eyes on attractive bed covers crafted from denim to liven up your bedroom. We use patchwork quilt methods like handstitched kantha to patch together pieces of denim waste into one cover for your single or double mattress.
Use our rugs and mats to add more character to any interior space. We craft them from leftover wool and cotton. We employ the use of handloom weaving to meticulously weave different threads into a beautiful mat.
You will find the best use of old and discarded cotton sarees in our sofa throws. The process involves cutting cotton sarees into thin strips and meticulously weaving them on a handloom, transforming it into a many-hued masterpiece. Take your pick from the multiple colour combinations available with us.
Handloom has been the backbone of the textile sector in India since ages. Preserving this culture, our handloom cotton sarees are available in dual shades or adorned with hand-painted tribal art work.
Stoles are loved for their dual purpose; keeping your neck warm and setting a style statement. Presenting a variety of stoles that serve both the purposes.
Under our tops section, feast your eyes on an attractive and colourful line of apparel ranging from full-length maxi dresses to sleeveless yoke tops that you may not spot in any other upcycled clothing boutique. Our apparel line uses indigenous materials like Mangalagiri cotton and discard linen to be upcycled into fashionable wear for women.
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Also known as vegan leather, we create a mix of everyday essential bags and pouches crafted from rubber of inner tyre tubes. Being a natural material, rubber can be easily upcycled into vanity cases, ladies wallets, laptop sleeves, tote bags and mobile slings.
Cotton and denim are the two chief textile materials that we work with. We use cotton sarees to upcycled them into durries for bags, throws or upholstery for furniture. Denim being a rough and tough fabric is transformed into backpacks, tote bags, tablet sleeves and laptop sleeves as well as bed covers and aprons.
We use discarded wood scrap sourced from wood factories that generate a ton of wood waste. We use this waste creatively into something meaningful and purposeful like an ottoman stool.
A versatile fabric as it is, we use leftover yarn to craft floor rugs, cotton-yarn stoles, and handloom sarees.
Since all of our products are upcycled and handcrafted, customization comes to us naturally. Just drop us a line on our email id [email protected] with your requirements and specifications and we’ll be happy to help you.
Being a socially relevant enterprise, we also assist corporates, NGOs, conference centres, and businesses in their corporate gifting needs. Our products are eco-friendly, sustainable, and promote the need for conscious consumption. We are ready to ship any of our handcrafted products customised to your requirements in multiples as per your need across the globe.