Kalabandar sells exquisite scarves and shawls in hand-woven natural fibers. Beautiful on their own, some are further enhanced with block printing, wax batik designs, shibori tie and dye, or kantha stitch.
Kalabandar is committed to fair trade principles, and supports traditional textile craftsmanship in India through partnerships with numerous fair trade organizations, NGOs and artisans, many of whom have worked with the Craft Council of India to develop and market their work to generate widespread recognition and a sustainable income.
One of Kalabandar's partners, Disha, is an outstanding success story. A self-help group whose roots go back to the deserts of Rajasthan, it was founded by a woman in a very conservative rural district which sees husbands go overseas to work, but seldom return. The force of nature who spearheads this organization employs more than 400 women from the surrounding villages, training them in all aspects of tie dye and shibori. The results are stunning -- both the women's self-reliance, and the textile works of art they create.
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