Diane’s Story (Co-Founder of Sozarri)
After a 25 year career in the Music and Entertainment business, last year Diane Shaw stepped back from the industry to pursue her other passions.
One of those passions grew from a hobby she had as a teenager back in the 1970’s, creating handbags and clothing out of macrame cord, and Sozarri was born.
During her extensive touring career as one of the UK’s top Soul Singers, she had many highlights, including two No.1 Soul Albums, touring with Motown legends the Jacksons, The Four Tops and The Stylistics, as well as appearing in front of an audience of 15 million in the Grand Final of ITV’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’. You can visit the Official website www.dianeshaw.co.uk for more information, watch videos of shows, and purchase her music catalogue.
Our connection to the Cotton trade in the North of England
All Sozarri pieces are handmade and hand-dyed with love and care.
Our cotton is 100% Natural sourced locally and sustainably from a Lancashire Cotton Mill that has been manufacturing cords, ropes and twines since 1865 and still today uses the same machinery and processes it did back then.
It was during that thriving Victorian era when the North West of England was at the heart of the world’s Cotton manufacturing industry.
Sozarri’s premises stand on an old farm property that was once the site of a Hebden Royd Cotton Sizing Mill dating back to 1905.
Cotton was transported by barge along the Rochdale Canal (which runs alongside the Farm) to Manchester and Liverpool where it was sold around the world.