Did you ever imagine that a tire can be recycled into a fruit basket, or that plastic bags can be re-purposed into eye-catching cosmetic bags? I stumbled upon an organization called Aid to Artisans that provides economic opportunities for artisan groups around the world. They promote economically deprived artisans with a gift for handmade traditions by connecting them to new markets.  Or, should I say hungry markets?

Bangalore is one such hungry market that has an undying appetite for handlooms and handicrafts going by the sheer number of exhibitions organized around the city every weekend. So, I thought why not feature Aid to Artisans as the theme for this Friday Shopping post instead of curating from my usual haunts. And, I bet you’d agree with me this was a great idea once you look at the products. Sadly, there is no way shop online at the moment (web store doesn’t respond).


Did you know “Yadawee” means  “handmade” in Arabic? What I liked:


After browsing through their product gallery and the innate talent/finesses behind each of these creations, I wondered about the effort-reward gap.

Some of the organizations in India that are supported by ATA include Dastkar Ranthambore, Sadhna, Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra, Avani, and Kala Raksha.

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday.

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Aid to Artisans




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