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Provenance &
Partnerships

 

Meet our artisan partners

 

Meet our artisan partners

The single greatest asset of House of Wandering Silk is the vast network of relationships we've built & nurtured since 2011 with our artisan partners.​ This network spans the entire length & breadth of India: 17 states, 30 districts/cities, 40 current partners & tens of thousands of artisans; of whom over 80% are women. 

 

It's thanks to these relationships that the beauty of our textiles goes much deeper than their aesthetic value alone: it stems from the rich cultural heritage our artisans draw upon and the authenticity of our textiles.

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Weaving stories...

 

At House of Wandering Silk,

textiles are not just textiles;

they’re stories.

 

That’s because our cloth is

made by hand from beginning to end,

bringing together the skills, traditions

& cultures of artisanal communities

from across India. 

 

Each artisan,

each place &

each technique adds to this story,

& we are their story tellers.

 

Our selection process

The organisational structure of House of Wandering Silk was designed from the get-go to be small, adaptable & light; adding value where necessary, but avoiding wasteful duplication by building on existing resources, organisations & skills.

What this means is that we've kept the HOWS team small - it's just the 3 of us - and over the years we've built up an extensive network of partners spread across the length & breadth of India. 

Each partner is carefully & intentionally selected & audited by our team to ensure they share & implement our vision: to provide fairly-paid, dignified & sustainable livelihood opportunities to marginalised women, with the objective of empowering them to achieve economic independence & create better lives for themselves, their families & their communities. 

 

 

Investing in relationships with producer groups & artisans has been key to building long-term partners; over time, this has evolved into a strong, country-wide network with a wide range of organisations.
 
Our partners include individuals & organisations; from independent craftspeople, designers & family-run businesses, to women's Self Help Groups, cooperatives, non governmental & non profit associations, and social enterprises, to a trade union with over two million members. 


 

 

Partner Directory

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Kantha Cooperative

Location: Murshidabad, West Bengal, India

Number of artisans: 1400 artisans - 100% women

Structure: Cooperative

Specialisation: Kantha embroidery

Partner since: 2011

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Takdira Begum

Location: Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India

Number of artisans: 100 artisans - 100% women

Structure: Master Craftsperson & artisan group

Specialisation: Nakshi kantha embroidery

Partner since: 2015

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Abdullah & Jabbar Khatri

Location: Bhuj, Gujarat, India

Number of artisans: 256 artisans - 98% women

Structure: Master Craftsperson & artisan group

Specialisation: Bandhani & shibori

Partner since: 2017

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Tharangini Studios

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Number of artisans: 17 artisans- 50% women

Structure: Private Limited

Specialisation: Block print

Partner since: 2018

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WomenWeave

Location: Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, India

Number of artisans: 513 artisans - 95% women

Structure: Not for profit

Specialisation: Weaving

Partner since: 2013

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Pashmina Artisans

Location: Srinagar, J&K, India

Number of artisans: 50 artisans - 5% women

Structure: Artisan community

Specialisation: Weaving

Partner since: 2014

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Sari Bead Necklace

Location: Delhi, India

Number of artisans: 10 artisans - 80% women

Structure: Individual artisans

Specialisation: Sari bead necklaces

Partner since: 2012

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Khamir

Location: Bhuj, Gujarat, India

Number of artisans: 100 artisans

Structure: Not for profit

Specialisation: Weaving, natural dyeing

Partner since: 2017

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Anwesha

Location: Orissa, India

Number of artisans: 1000+ artisans 

Structure: Not for profit

Specialisation: Dhokra

Partner since: 2015

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Sufiyan Khatri

Location: Ajrakhpur, Gujarat, India

Number of artisans: 150 artisans

Structure: Master Craftsperson & artisan group

Specialisation: Ajrakh

Partner since: 2017

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MasterG

Location: Delhi, India

Number of artisans: 20 artisans - 100% women

Structure: Private limited

Specialisation: Manufacturing unit

Partner since: 2018

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Sasha Association

Location: West Bengal, India

Number of artisans: 5000 artisans 

Structure: Fair trade association

Specialisation: Embroidery, weaving

Partner since: 2016

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Yuti Handloom

Location: Phulia, West Bengal, India

Number of artisans: 12 artisans

Structure: Family-run private limited

Specialisation: Weaving, jamdani, natural dye

Partner since: 2015

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Disha Shekawahti

Location: Shekawahti, Rajasthan, India

Number of artisans: 400 artisans - 100% women

Structure: Self Help Group

Specialisation: Shibori

Partner since: 2015

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Vankar Vishram Valji

Location: Bhujodi, Gujarat, India

Number of artisans: 50 artisans

Structure: Master Craftsperson & artisan group

Specialisation: Weaving

Partner since: 2017

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Naturaloom

Location: Hyderabad, India

Number of artisans: 10 artisans 

Structure: Master Craftsperson & artisan group

Specialisation: Weaving

Partner since: 2019

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Naresh Siju

Location: Bhuj, Gujarat, India

Number of artisans: 4 artisans - 50% women

Structure: Master Craftsperson & artisan group

Specialisation: Natural dyeing

Partner since: 2017

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Syu Textiles

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Number of artisans: 20 artisans 

Structure: Private limited

Specialisation: Block print

Partner since: 2015

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Purkal Stree Shakti

Location: Dehradun, Himachal Pradesh, India

Number of artisans: 80 artisans - 100% women

Structure: Self Help Group

Specialisation: Patchwork, applique

Partner since: 2015

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ADIV

Location: Mumbai, India

Number of artisans: 30 artisans

Structure: Private limited

Specialisation: Natural dyeing

Partner since: 2016

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ASAL

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Number of artisans: 1000+ artisans

Structure: Association

Specialisation: Weaving, natural dyeing

Partner since: 2015

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SEWA

Location: Pan-India

Number of members: 2 million- 100% women

Structure: Trade Union

Specialisation: Embroidery, weaving

Partner since: 2014

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Paiwand​ Studio

Location: Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Number of artisans: 20 artisans

Structure: Private limited

Specialisation: Weaving

Partner since: 2019

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Fabric Plus

Location: Guwahati, Assam, India

Number of artisans: 300 artisans

Structure: Private Limited

Specialisation: Weaving

Partner since: 2017

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