December 3, 2020

Recrafting Lives Through a Crochet Connect

Crochet, the art of creating a textured fabric using yarn and a single hook, has been carried on since the 16th century. Skilled hands make intricate designs through the hypnotic in & out movement of a hook, therapeutic in itself, while finished products lend themselves to an immense sense of personal accomplishment.
May 20, 2020

Part II: The Looming Debt Trap

In this second part, we looked at the basic question on how migrant families are surviving the lockdown. Especially when 84% of the respondents to the survey did not get paid by their employers or lost their jobs completely
May 6, 2020

Lockdown realities – Migrants’ perspective

The research focused on migrant families who have been settled in NCR for a few years and in part 1 of the research the focus was to understand the reasons for wanting to go back to the villages. The top reasons are as follows:
April 6, 2018

Looping threads of livelihood

Fast fashion, new trends, new colour palettes is always the buzz world in textiles and fashion.

Like the teaming millions gunning for the Fifa world cup (for the un initiated The
May 30, 2017

Livelihood Rural villages in the heart of Gurgaon

Stitching and tailoring units are usually the first solution presented to corporate houses who want to put the CSR funds for women livelihood projects.

It is mandatory to understand that women who live in rural areas in the big cities are migrants from different parts of the country. They usually have some lifeskill that they have learnt in the village and they are capable of doing a lot more than just tailoring or doing courses in beauty parlours.
May 30, 2017

Toys for children

Ektara as the word literally means EK TAR or 1 thread, we started this initiative reaching out to semi-skilled women in rural pockets of NCR region we are striving to provide them sustainable income.
May 30, 2017

Project Ektara- Womens skill development project

A craft revival project, generating income for marginalised income groups, mostly women in the NCR region. The project provides remunerative work to semi- skilled women. The women craft crochet toys from their homes with the material provided. The toys are made in safe materials that are designed to enhance motor skills, cognitive skills in infants and young children.
May 29, 2017

Paris Ethical Fashion

Paris Ethical fashion week is dedicated to promote sustainable fashion design. It showcases and promotes designers who understand and follow the social and environmental impact of garments, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. Their mission is to follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters.
May 29, 2017

From Sands of Jaisalmer

Camel wool has traditionally been used by camel breeders for the crafting of household items, including ropes, blankets, rugs, charpoys and even jackets. However, no marketing of camel wool items has ever taken place, nor have there ever been any attempts to develop new products that would be of interest to urban consumers. It was assumed that the wool of the one-humped camel was too coarse and too short to produce appealing products.
May 28, 2017

Rajasthan- the heartland of traditional crafts

Rajasthan is the heartland of traditional crafts. Each district has a distinct textile tradition that is community based. Embroidery, patchwork, beadwork, wool, spinning and weaving can be seen in most areas of western Rajasthan. However, crafts in Western Rajasthan region are on the verge of extinction. In addition local livestock such as Camel is on the verge of extinction too because families have no use for it and upkeep is expensive.


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