Craft Tales

Hand Embroidered Chikankari The history of Chikankari dates back to the third century BC. Hand-carved wooden blocks are used to print patterns onto fabric. Women in rural India then embroider onto those patterns in up to 32 different stitches to create timelessly elegant garments. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Embroidered By Hand Hand embroidery is crafted in various regions, each producing a unique design that can be traced back to its origin. The custodians of these age-old crafts take years to master it, even generations, when this intricate. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Handwoven Bhujodi For over 500 years, artisans have perfected the art of weaving the beautiful Bhujodi fabric through diligent practise. Adorned with intricate designs and finished with indigenous techniques in hand, it takes a weaver months to create this fabric. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Bandhani Skilled women artisans tie tight knots in fabric while men carefully dye fabric to the right hue, creating mesmerising patterns. Natural dyeing techniques revived in this craft result in limited colour fastness, adding to the uniqueness of this garment. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Chanderi Intricately woven by hand, Chanderi weaving is a tradition over five centuries old, kept alive by only 12,000 weavers today. This distinctive sheer fabric is slowly dying out to cheap industrial replicas. In supporting this craft you bring back sustainable livelihoods to remote villages whose only wealth is craft history.Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Handwoven By Women In the most remote villages across India, women pore over the waves of warp and weft binding them together meditatively. Every handwoven garment is a testament to the traditions of the past—a result of time, love and age-old methods. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Handwoven In the most remote villages across India, craft knowledge is the family heirloom. Every handwoven garment is a story of progress. It is a testament to the traditions of the past—a result of time, love and age-old methods. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Handwoven Jamdani Jamdani is thought of as the art of loom embroidery. Intricate motifs are added onto the warp by hand, producing vibrant patterns. The entire process is extremely time-intensive, taking an artisan one day to weave every half a metre. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Block Printing Block printing is a slow process but highly rewarding. It begins with an artisan chipping and chiselling a block of wood into an intricately patterned stamp. These blocks are then used to stamp dyes (or mud in some cases) onto fabric to give birth to beautiful block printed stories. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Handwoven Ikat Yarns are bound together in the desired pattern and dyed, then set up on a loom and handwoven. Since the surface design is created in the yarns rather than on the finished cloth, both fabric faces are beautifully patterned. Natural dyeing techniques revived in this craft result in limited colour fastness, adding to the uniqueness of this garment.Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Linen Linen is produced from the stem of flax—a plant that demands little of the earth. Made using laborious earth-friendly processes, it gets better with age and handling. It is durable, hypo-allergenic and extremely breathable. Being a natural insulator, it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Naturally Dyed & Handwoven The bark of trees, plants and leaves lend their natural colour to yarn which is hand-dyed by artisans. These dyes are limited in their colour fastness, and when handwoven, create fabric that is unique in its dyeing variations. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.

Kala Cotton Kala cotton is watered by the rains and grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. It is then picked, spun into yarn and woven into fabric—all by hand. Truly organic, it encourages sustainable textile production and revives traditional farming practices. Natural dyeing techniques result in limited colour fastness, making this garment unique. Grassroot works with rural artisans to create local employment opportunities, empowering every village to become a self-sustaining unit.