Upcycling for Uplifting

Supporting craftswomen in Bangladesh during the pandemic.

We just launched our new crowdfunding campaign to give continuity to our mission.

Upcycling for Uplifting is about giving continues work now for more than 22 traditional weavers and artisans in rural Bangladesh and fincancing SICA‘s newest upcycled bag collection, developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From the Tote Bags to our Laptop cases, our products are made with love and meant to last. 

Bringing this collection to life directly benefits economically our artisans partners and their communities.  It will contribute to shift the fashion industry toward a social and environmental responsible one…

…and you can be part of this change!

Join us on this movement to raise the minimum amount of 9,000€ during the next  33 days and bring direct support to craftswomen in Bangladesh.  

To support us visit our campaign on start next in the link here.

Thank you,

Simone and Team



Nutzloses in Nützliches und Schönes verwandeln

In Europa lebende Brasilianerinnen und ihre Mode- und Recycling-Initiativen

Interview der Journalistin Angela Bia Roman mit dem Gründer von SICA für die Ausgabe Nr. 06 der Zeitschrift URDUME aus Curitiba.

URDUME ist eine Initiative für Forschung, Praxis und Verbreitung von Wissen über textile Handwerkskunst, Pluralität und Handzeit. Diese Initiative umfasst neben Kursen und Forschungsarbeiten auch periodische Veröffentlichungen von Zeitschriften, die den Namen der Initiative tragen. URDUME glaubt an das inspirierende Potential der Kunst, indem es textile Handarbeiten und die Suche nach Selbsterkenntnis alltäglicher künstlerischer Ausdrucksformen anregt.

Alle Ausgaben können über die Website https://www.urdume.com.br heruntergeladen werden, wobei es sich um die Diagrammausgabe Nr. 06 im A4-Format handelt. Das konventionelle Sulfitbogenmuster ermöglicht einen einfachen Druck. Es kann auch leicht in einer örtlichen Druckerei mit einer einfachen Spirale gebunden werden.

Neben unserem Interview ist das Magazin voll von interessanten Themen!

we made your rugs

During the months of March till June of 2019 the founder and designer of SICA Simone Simonato has been working from Bangladesh.
The connection between the designer and the weavers are essential for the development of SICA brand. Which aims to support the local weaving traditions as well as the artisans financially.

Since the fall of the Rana Plaza factory building on 24th of April 2013, a movement to impact for a change in the fashion sector has been taken from designers all over the globe. The movement, called fashion revolution, is made out of brands and consumers bringing awareness to „who made your clothes“.  Simone photographed each of the weavers and shares a bit of their stories:

On the left column you can find the sisters Putul, 22 and Sumi, 19. The bangali weaver Putul (left) is an expert on satranji weaving. She not only weaves beautiful rugs, but also gives Workshops in her village teaching skills to other women in her community. Sumi (right) learned weaving from her inspiring sister. The income of Sumi’s rug weaving supports her fees in the University. She studies sociology and wants to become a teacher in the future.

On the right column from right to left please meet: upper line Gulapi Rani and Monica, lower line Anita and Gulapi.
The up cycled home items made out of this collaboration you can find in our shop session: home collection.





Satranji, the handicraft tradition

Satranji, the handicraft tradition

Meaning hundred colour fabrics, Satranji is a deep-rooted tradition of North Bengal.

A Satranji artisan represents the profile of a person with great skill and creativity.

The Satranji activity is crucial to supporting the artisans and their’s community economically. The loom most commonly belongs in the rural home villages as women’s daily activities, shared between domestic tasks and child care. Part of the income generated by Satranji weaving are destined to financing studies for their children.

The art of Satranji weaving still survives in a very limited extent in the region of Rangpur although the artisans concerned face many limitations. SICA celebrates the traditional art applying to it’s upcycled home collection.
The fair trade partnership gives to the local artisans the opportunity to explore and develop traditional crafts and to pursue contemporary designs