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Masters in hand-beading: The Mix N Match Story

The Dahod district of Gujarat, India, is comprised of tribal people who have long depended on agriculture to make a living. This means that their work is very seasonal, leaving long gaps between the times they can toil the land. Many men in the village leave their families and migrate to cities to look for seasonal work there, leaving the women behind to fend for themselves.

It was in this environment that a group of people in a non-government organization decided to branch off and help the women develop their arts and crafts in the hopes to achieve sustainable employment. Their mission is: “Socio-Economic empowerment of the woman through art and craft based activities to secure her position in society where she can think independently, become a role model for future generations, and above all does not have to prove herself because of her gender.” In order to achieve this goal, this organization trains and empowers tribal women groups with vocational education, helping them create functional products and make a living. The group has grown to include more than 2,700 tribal artisans (working part-time or full-time on the crafts) from 52 different villages of the area.

Boori, seen above, joined this artisan cooperative cooperative 9 years ago as a widow, a great disadvantage for a woman in her region. Before joining the cooperative, she and her community were facing horrible hardships. Thanks to Fair Trade, Boori was able to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation, giving her the opportunity to re-marry. This is almost unheard of in her tribal society, but is a testament of how Fair Trade is directly challenging social structures and reshaping them so they can benefit everyone. Women in this cooperative went from making an average of Rs. 500-1000 per month to making Rs. 3000-4000 per month. Apart from the increased income opportunities within the village, women have also gained social status within their family, community and various government and banking institutions. Thanks to the success of the program, men started joining and now make up 10% of the group.

Please see below a list of the products made by this artisan cooperative, carried by SETU- the Bridge to Artisans.

Mix-N-Match Sling Bag

Sling bag with vibrant prints. The edge of the bag is trimmed with intricate hand beading. The front flap closes with Velcro, and it covers a large zipped front pocket...

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Beaded Clutches

These accessory bags are quilted and close with a magnetic button. It comes in two different designs: a brown bag with a peace sign made of tiny beads, and a...

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Mix-N-Match Coin Purse

Highly functional, bright colored coin purses made following the “batik” art. Multiple pockets enhance the functionality. Completely quilted; comes in an assortment of colors.

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Mix-N-Match Cosmetic/Jewelery Case

Vibrant bags with hand-beaded trims at the end. A number of separate pockets in front make it very functional; can be used for keeping various jewelry pieces or cosmetic items....

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Sabai Grass Placemats

These placemats are made by artisans in India by interlacing natural grass with threads. This gives them a natural look. The placemats come in sets of 4.

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Sabai Grass Pot Holders

These pot holders are made by artisans in India by interlacing natural grass with threads. This gives them a natural look. Comes in a set of 2 holders.

These are Fair...

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Mix N Match Pot Holders (sets of 2)

Set of 2 quilted pot holders. They have colorful, printed designs. The edge is hand beaded with tiny beads for enhanced detail.

This product is made by an artisan cooperative in...

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Elephant Trail Hanging Strings

A single string with elephants that are made of cloth. In between the elephants, the string has glass beads. Each string is sold separately.

These is a Fair Trade product handmade...

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Sabai Grass Hot Pads

These hot pads are made by artisans in India by interlacing natural grass with threads. This gives them a natural look. Comes in a set of 2 holders.

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Jeco Bead Bangles

This is a set of 3 colorful bracelets. These are hand beaded with tiny beads.

This is a Fair Trade product made by artisans in India. The artisans are compensated fairly...

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Tribal Magnet

These tribal magnets resemble our tribal Key Chains. There is a male figure and a female figure, both made of colorful fabric and embellished with fine beading. The filling is...

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Bead Knot Key Chain

This is a fair trade product, handcrafted by tribal women artisans in Western India. The key chain consists of strings full of colorful beads. They form a knot and later...

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Bead Ball Key Chain

This is a fair trade product, handcrafted by tribal women artisans in Western India. The key chain consists of ball enclosed in a net composed of colorful beads. The net...

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Tribal Key Chains

Fun key-chains in bright assorted colors. Made with fine thread work and beads. The filling is recycled waste cotton fabric.

These are fair trade products handcrafted in India. The artisans that...

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Elephant Ornament

This Christmas ornament is hand sewn into a a finely detailed elephant and accented with a bell. Stuffed with recycled scrap fabric. Each sold separately (picture is meant to show...

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Hanging Bird Trail

Hanging trail of stuffed birds. Assorted bright colors with hand-beading detail.

Materials: Recycled Cotton, beads

Size: 32 1/2"L

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Variations of this product:

SEH 103 - Hanging...

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Quilted Clutch

Thick block printed fabric with quilted stitching. Two interior zipper pockets and one zipper pocket on the back exterior. Colorful tassels and beads hang from two zippers. Assorted colors and...

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Quilted Clutch

Thick block printed fabric with quilted stitching. Two interior zipper pockets and one zipper pocket on the back exterior. Colorful tassels and beads hang from two zippers. Assorted colors and...

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