At Pitaya we care about making a difference. That is why from the very beginning, we decided to employ highly skilled refugee artisans to make our neo-kimonos. According to UNHCR data, as of end of August 2019, there are 177,690 registered refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia. As refugees, they do not have the legal rights to employment, thus making it very difficult for them to make a living. We collaborate with refugees so that they can work from home and contribute to their wellbeing and enabling them the opportunity to support their families and children.
We are also concerned about the amount of rubbish that is accumulating in the modern day world. We try to minimize waste as much as possible and strive for a zero-waste production, by using any remaining fabrics and making them into bags, hair accessories and even kids kimonos!