We are so excited to announce that we started working with a new block printing unit in Bangalore, India. After personally visiting this unit this summer, I can attest to their commitment to fair trade and eco-friendly products. Plus they create great quality block prints that are fade and bleed resistant prints.
The manager of the block printing unit, Padmini, recognizes that “unless we pay fair wages it is no possible for the artisans to sustain and support their families.” Padmini is an extremely carrying woman who puts the needs of her workers first and treats them like family. Their senior staff has been with the studio for over three decades.
Padmini partnered with the State Government Women's Welfare Board to provide free training to underprivileged women. Banu, their expert color mixer, was hired through this program almost 24 years ago. She had no education and was a homemaker. Today she mentors others on the team and handles production coordination.
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