Meet the Makers
Pure Living: Kochi, Kerala
It is dedicated to finding sustainable livelihood solutions and also in propagating awareness in society about the importance of green living. Engaging and thus empowering the underprivileged is the essence of Pure Living. The ideas are really simple and workable with great impact.
Tsunamika: Auroville, Tamil Nadu
Designer Uma Prajapati, the founder Upasana design studio and her team started this initiative during the Tsunami post the tragedy. Later during the Covid 19 pandemic she trained her team for Karuna akka. They were trained to make little dolls out of cloth bits, and waste from clothing manufacturing. The dolls were named karuna akka.
This activity helped the women in building back their lives, earn a living, and most importantly inspired them to never lose hope.
Srijani Foundation: Sheikhpura, Nasriganj, Patna
Srijani Foundation has helped empower a small group of 50 women from Siwan district, by teaching them how to stitch on Juki machines.This group has grown to over a 100 women who stitch over 80,000 uniforms per year professionally, and are also financially independent in their own right. The Foundation worked in collaboration with the Takshila Foundation at Parivartan, who provided infrastructural assistance in making this possible. Srijani Foundation also trained to empower 24 rural women from Siwan in handloom weaving, in May 2016.
INTACH: Hisar, Haryana and Ramgarh Shekhawati Rajasthan
INTACH’s mission to conserve heritage is based on the belief that living in harmony with heritage enhances the quality of life, and it is the duty of every citizen of India as laid down in the Constitution of India. The objectives spelt out in the Memorandum of Association constitute INTACH’s Mandate and Vision.
Mahila Kala Niketan: Nagpur, Maharashtra
Educating women for Nation building, with this motto MAHILA KALA NIKETAN has been working for the last 3 decades. MKN is registered trust, NGO having its own one storey building in Gorepeth area Nagpur. It’s a proud educational project of Rashtra Sevika Samiti (Pan globe women’s organization).
The Colour Caravan: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
The Color Caravan, a social enterprise, based in India, supports traditional artisans, sustains indigenous craft skills, while empowering rural women. Paving the way for not only a better future for these communities but also an opportunity to wow the world with all the uniqueness that handmade truly has to offer. Your purchase helps them earn an income which brings a positive change in their lives.
An initiative by Himani Thapa, a Crafts & Textile Designer from NID Ahmedabad, “Sureeli” is an effort to bring a new livelihood source to a group of very talented women from Uttarakhand. She has been working with various craft clusters across the Himalayan belt, as a natural fiber & Craft Design expert, for more than a decade now.
Kishkinda Trust: Hampi, Karnataka
Blending locally available materials and skills that could be strengthened Shama developed a range of ‘banana fibre products’, today The Kishkinda Trust’s banana fibre unit has grown from its original group of 8 women, to supporting the livelihoods of around 150-200 women, many of whom are the second generation of weavers/artisans to be working with the organization.
All proceeds from product sales support these livelihood initiatives and help the women of the village to earn an independent income, while also creating a space, where they can work together.
Porgai: Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
Porgai artisans association is a society of 60 Lambadi women artisans who have received the traditional hand embroidery of the Tamil Nadu's Lambadi community. We are based in the verdant Sittilingi Valley in Dharmapuri district. Our society is owned and run by artisans. Our artisans are the center of everything that we do and are the most respected link in our endeavor. The members of our society are able to stay in our villages, work from our homes and earn a livelihood instead of migrating to cities in search of work. This in turn gives us an opportunity for a healthier, happier and culturally enriched life.
Miss Karuna: Nasapur, Andhra Pradesh
Girija is a fourth generation artisan entrepreneur of Palakol, which is a town in the West Godavari delta of Andhra Pradesh. She and her team of 10 ladies are the makers of the crochet skirt for the Karuna doll of AP.
This town is one such place out of the many that is part of the lace making industry that started 100 years ago by a missionary. This art form was taught to them to enhance their livelihood and also have women work from home. This industry still continues to thrive but remains unknown even today.
Rehwa Society and Chhoti Tekam: Rehwa, Madhya Pradesh
As REHWA Society was established as a non-profit organization, it formed itself around 3 ideals to which it holds itself accountable, till date. To empower women weavers by giving them a source of livelihood. To provide housing, healthcare and education to the weavers and their families.
Chhoti Tekam says "When I came to Bhopal from my village I noticed that the women in our extended family made Gond paintings. I was inspired and decided that I would learn too. A well-wishing Gond artist taught me and bought me materials. My work was noticed by a restaurant owner and as a result I painted on walls of several restaurants too. The wavy lines in my work show the hardships I have faced and the straight ones show progress."
Disha Foundation: Kolkata, West Bengal
Disha represents women who congregated to learn skills to empower themselves and earn a livelihood. Disha is an NGO with about 50 women from local communities who come here to learn skills and take back commissioned work to be submitted within a time frame.4 women worked on the Taras with each of them doing a part of the Doll. We hope to involve more women soon. These women work to supplement family incomes and simply give their children a better life.
Chhattisgarh Hastshilp Vikas Board: Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh Hastshilp Vikas Board coordinats with tribal women and created these beautiful dolls. There are different women’s groups working with Sabai grass in Bastar division of Chhattisgarh. It’s a local plant that grows naturally and the sustainable yarn is extracted and used for household products. The women make the dolls by hand. The dolls are dressed in Baiga tribe cotton weave- bright and colourful, with the trademark checks and stripes.