OUR HEIRLOOM CRAFTS
Indian textile crafts are passed down from one generation to the other — master to apprentice. Every family has its special technique practiced and honed over several years. At Anita Dongre Grassroot, we’re giving fashion the slow, steadfast care it, and its makers, deserve. It’s painstaking and laborious, but so very soulful, like all works of art.
Meet the artisans
BHACHIBEN BHURABHAI AHIR
I learnt the art of Ahir (embroidery) from my maasi (aunt) when I was 12. I began by decorating homes and trousseaus in exchange for some vessels and other household goods. However, I only understood the potential of this craft when I became a member of STFC. Over the years, embroidery became more than just my livelihood; it became my life and my passion. It exhilarated me and set me free. I want many, many more women to feel the way I do and experience economic freedom.Read Her Story
I had the skills, but honed them with the efforts of SEWA. My contribution towards this craft is being able to embroider, while also guiding other women who embroider to live a good life. The recognition I have received for this work inspires me to do much more for our sisters.Read Her Story
I started weaving about 6 to 7 years ago. Although this craft has been a part of my family for 3 generations. My grandfather started weaving, and handed it down to my father. When I was younger, I wasn’t interested in weaving mainly because it meant that I would have to work indoors all day. Another problem was that there wasn’t a market for it. Today, it brings me joy because I get to spend time with my wife and daughter.Read His Story
Weaving gave me a new-found sense of independence and economic freedom. It’s not just a livelihood, it has given me the means to pursue and claim what God couldn’t give me – a child.Read Her Story