Mahila Bunkar Sahakari Samiti

This group of artisans creates some of our home décor items as well as some of our bags. The cooperative aims to organize the weavers of different villages in western Uttar Pradesh, and to train women with marketable skills. To date, more than 242 women artisans are working with this organization, who originally belong to the Schedule caste and the Schedule tribe community (a discarded community of ancient India).

Many artisans in this region have been forced to leave their traditional jobs because of the commercialization of their land and its natural resources. It is not uncommon for private or public organizations to seize land for “development”. Many artisans experience a transformation from an entirely rural society to an urban, industrialized society. This means that men cannot have a steady and regular job, therefore women must also work to sustain the family. On top of this, women are also given the job to preserve their traditions, including arts and crafts.

Thanks to Fair Trade, these artisans have been able to organize themselves and help each other gain the skills necessary to operate sewing machines and looms. They are also given training in different art forms so that they are empowered with knowledge to be able to work for a long time. At the same time, as a group they are able to monitor the quality of their products, and ensure that everyone receives a fair wage and works under a safe environment.

For a complete list of the products made by this group, please see below:

Handloom Weaves Cushion Covers

These cushion covers are made on hand looms by artisans in India. The design is woven into the fabric and the cushion cover is being created.

These are Fair Trade products...

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Handloom Placemats

These placemats are made by weaving cotton yarn on hand looms using different colored yarn. The patterns are woven into the fabrics, so the pattern looks the same on both...

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Multi-Stripe Runner

This table runner is made by interlacing natural grass with threads. The entire process is hand done.

This is a Fair Trade product handmade by artisans in India. The artisans that...

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Honeycomb Rug

This rug is handwoven using thick cotton yarns. It is made using a special weave that makes the design visible from both the sides.

Made by a group of landless laborers...

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Multiple Stripe Rugs

Handwoven using thick cotton yarns. Made using a special weave that makes the design visible from both the sides. Available in refreshing summer colors and deep earthen tones.

Made by a...

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Candy Placemats

These place mates are made by weaving thick and thin cotton yarns on a hand loom. This gives them a special texture and feel. They come in sets of 4...

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Striped Rugs

Traditional hand-loom woven rugs make a great accent for the home or taking outdoors. 100% cotton.

Size: 3’ x 5’

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Boho Clutch

Durable wristlet made from a unique combination of art forms and materials. Handwoven exterior in a gorgeous array of bohemian tones. Interior is lined with block-printed fabric and has two...

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Boho Traveler

Durable oversized bag made from a unique combination of art forms and materials. Handwoven exterior in a gorgeous array of bohemian tones with leather handle, button closure, and zippered pocket...

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Boho Carry-All

Durable carry-all made from a unique combination of art forms and materials. Handwoven exterior in a gorgeous array of bohemian tones with leather handle. Colorful rope cord accented with tassels...

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Berry Boho Traveler Tote

Perfect for any season, this handsome tote features our exclusive Berry Boho pattern on front and back with navy blue canvas-lined sides to create a roomy gusset from top to...

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Berry Boho Carry All

This roomy, durable carry-all is perfect for the beach, picnic or travel. Handwoven exterior in a new array of gorgeous stripes with sustainable leather handle, bright pink rope cord and...

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