Artisan Collaborations

CRAFTMARK (AIACA)
All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association

The Craftmark initiative helps denote genuine Indian handicrafts, develop sector-wide minimum standards and norms for both working conditions and wages and in labeling a product as an authentic piece craftsmanship. They provide both market access and business development support for their partner organizations.

GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION

The GI Label and Certification ensures an item is made using the correct material and method. This guarantees an authenticity that is beyond parallel, especially in the world of Cashmere.

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Beigh Family

The family behind Kashmir Creations, they represent 13 different weaving families around Kashmir from both Srinagar and the country-side. However, the Pashmina making process is much larger then just the looms and a total of 42 families are members of this collective and each are specialist in that particular craft.

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Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali is a master artisan based in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Working with stone carving for more than 2 decades, he mastered the craft at an early age, learning from his father. At his workshop, he works along with his family members and other artisans to make intricately carved stone lattice pieces using simple tools.

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Kadam Haat

Kadam Haat was founded in 2006 by two sisters, Payal Nath and Pooja Ratnakar. It is an NGO based in West Bengal that aims to confront the problems of uneducated youth migration to urban cities. To tackle this at the grassroots level, Kadam aims to improve education conditions and provide viable employment opportunities for the youth in rural villages.

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Khmer Creations

The collective, who focuses on ethical and fair trade practices, employs mainly single mothers and female heads of households that were at risk for or had been working in exploitative jobs. Khmer Creations artisans are paid a salary above market wages along with health benefits and child care.

Noah's Ark Collective

Ochre was conceived in 2000 in Gujarat, India, by two professionals, Kavita Pandya Ganguly, a ceramic designer from NID & Titas Ganguly, a self taught potter & a trained rural pottery visualizer. The initial idea at Ochre (color shades of iron present in clay) was to come up with a functional range that was completely hand-crafted while creating a sustainable income for the local rural youth.

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Ochre Ceramics

Ochre was conceived in 2000 in Gujarat, India, by two professionals, Kavita Pandya Ganguly, a ceramic designer from NID & Titas Ganguly, a self taught potter & a trained rural pottery visualizer. The initial idea at Ochre (color shades of iron present in clay) was to come up with a functional range that was completely hand-crafted while creating a sustainable income for the local rural youth.

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Rouf & Salati

Mr. Muhammad Latif Salati & Rouf Anoud have extensive experience in the world of GI Pashmina. From social activism to professional weaving, they have devoted their time and energy to rebuilding the name of Kashmiri Pashmina, through the lens of the GI label, guaranteeing top quality and authenticity.