Western India Women’s Collective

  • Artisans apply block print patterns to natural, kora cotton - this is unbleached fabric, and is the purest form of cotton. To start printing, an artisan evenly applies dye to a hand-carved wooden block. The fabric is then hand-stamped, firmly and steadily, leaving a printed pattern. The artisan must add dye frequently to maintain the same intensity of color. Once the artisan has finished printing with a specific color and block, the artisan cleans the block and often must wait for the cloth to dry before continuing. This is a deceptively simple art - each piece features dozens, if not hundreds, of careful impressions.
    This artisan group, based in West India, focuses on women from low-income households, slum communities and offers skill-building and employment opportunities.
    This non-profit group, based in Western India, focuses on women from low-income slum communities and offers them skill-building and employment opportunities.
  • Sustainability & Fair Trade
    • Hand-made
    • 100% kora (unbleached) cotton
    • Eco-friendly azo-free dyes
    • Reusable - Machine washable
    • Fair Trade
    • Fair, steady income
    • Healthy and safe working conditions
    • Employs urban slum women, irrespective of caste, age or religion
    • Provides financial and technical assistance
  • This artisan group began over forty years ago as a small-scale, income-generating project, aimed at training low-income and unskilled women to stitch sari petticoats, also known as sari underskirts. Many women in slum communities have few income opportunities and locally marketable skills. The project blossomed into a multifaceted, well-established program that has far-reaching impacts.

No products found in this collection

© 2019 SustainableThreads. Store Design by Germinate.com | Powered by Shopify

American Express Apple Pay Diners Club Discover Google Pay JCB Mastercard PayPal Shopify Pay Venmo Visa

This site is strictly wholesale only. If you have an account please login
To register for a new account please complete our wholesale application