The Emili Papirer Sewing Workshop and School, is located in the heart of Barcelona, in addition to making alterations to clothes for the residents of the neighborhood, productions for textile companies and courses for individuals, has an important social task, as it allocates its income mainly to training people without resources derived from social entities to facilitate their socio-labor integration. Image by Circoolar.
"Most of Blue Skin skilled workers (except stitching personnel) were hired when they had no or little experience in the garments field. Blue Skin have trained them over the years for doing specific jobs based on the believe that anyone can become masters of their craft irrespective of his background/experience. Women and men gets paid equally for equal work, Blue Skin specially ensures that women are able to carry work home and finish in their spare time, because many women are still forced to not take up permanent jobs in order to comply with family and household work. Besides a minimum of 10% salary increment policy.- Blue skin assist every skilled worker in acquiring bank loans and fund medical and school bills. Any sickness or accidents incurred are covered. Over the years we have digitized our payments and have enabled our employees to manage their money electronically. We also inform them regularly about government schemes that could benefit them which otherwise they are not able to make full use of." - Rajan Daruka of Blue Skin.
Women printers (from Chhipa community) were always essential to the printing processes in Rajasthan. Traditionally the workshops were home based. Security and comfort of home environment allowed for flexibility and balance between work, life and care for the family. Im.printed opt for working in these traditional settings, supporting the people and work structure that have been around for centuries
Bindaas Unlimited- a social enterprise and retail stores working with contemporary textile prints with rural artisans in Rajasthan, Gujarat and U.P since the last 27 years, and with the printing community in Kaladera in Rajasthan.
The family run Studio Chaubundi are the fifth generation of printers in Kaldera village. Rajasthan. The family has been printing at least for 100 years, preserving these exquisite heritage craft alive. Studio Chaubundi have been duly certified by AIACA (All India Artisans and Craftworkers Association) for Hand-block printing and Natural Dyeing.
Since 2017, the Wabisabi Project has been working with natural age-old dye recipes under the guidance of master craftsman in Bagru. Rajasthan. The project takes its name from a traditional Japanese sentiment that finds beauty in the imperfections and impermanence of the natural world. Their private textile collection is based on the core spirit of JamJam, adapting the classic motifs and patterns to contemporary textiles and following various steps of indigenous way of fabric pre-treatment.
THE BAREFOOT COLLEGE. TILONIA / HATHELI SANSTHAN
The Barefoot College is a grassroots nonprofit organization and school of democracy promoting rural handicrafts since 1975, to both prevent the craft from dying and for the survival of craftspeople. The Barefoot College is connected with 5 districts and 48 villages of Rajasthan with a diverse group of artisans across community lines employing 250 artisans out of which around 235 are women who have been trained in various crafts. The College implements Water, Health, Sanitation, Education, Solar and Communication. programs.
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