The International Princess Project headquarters near John Wayne Airport stocks thousands of pairs of brilliantly-colored, batik-style drawstring pants known as PUNJAMMIES.
This trademarked line of textile wear with an Indian twist targets Western women as a market, including the fashion-minded yoga set, through a word play on "pajamas."
Women in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and elsewhere in Orange County now promote IPP's mission by hosting so-called "PUNJAMMY Parties" at their homes — all for a good cause, freeing women from the international sex trade.
The cotton pajamas bottoms are made by hand and push-pedal sewing machines operated by women in India, who are trying to put back together the seams of their own lives tattered by coercion into prostitution.
Since the mid-2000s, the International Princess Project, a faith-based nonprofit, has worked to support Indian women by rescuing them from the underworld of the forced sex trade and by providing them with fair trade wages, housing and health care and helping them build up micro-enterprises through the fabrication of PUNJAMMIES, IPP leaders said.