The women work in supportive, non-exploitative work environments in the form of 14 cooperatives around Mumbai, which the women organize and manage. And, addition to the much needed employment, MarketPlace works in conjunction with another nonprofit organization in Mumbai, SHARE, to provide social programs to the artisans. And the women in turn use their own social program, Social Action, to get involved in their communities, tackling everything from garbage collection to domestic abuse.
So, yeah, pretty amazing.
And so are the items they produce. Like the Majuli Tunic:
I don’t wear a lot of purple, but I love the dusty plum of the tunic. And I love that the embroidery inspired me to pair the tunic with a mustard scarf:
Really, what's not to love about a company that empowers women and inspires the wearing of mustard?! That's right, nothing.
To share in the love and learn more about MarketPlace: Handwork of India, please visit them here.
And have a Happy Wednesday, All!