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Quality through leadership

Quality control is at the heart of the MarketPlace products and mission. The artisans take pride in their work and through rotation of leadership roles, they hold everyone to a high standard. The women have just finished up a quality control cycle for the 2016 Spring Collection, so here is an inside look into that process. Each group has three to four artisans who have … Continue reading Quality through leadership

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Recipe: Palak Paneer

Spinach with Paneer or Tofu This is really a good recipe; easy and flavorful 1 pkt Paneer or 1 Pkt Firm Tofu 2 bunches fresh Spinach 5 Cloves 1 stick Cinnamon  3 Cardamom pods      1 teaspoon minced fresh Ginger  ½ teaspoon minced Garlic  1 Onion, chopped 1 Tomato, chopped ½ teaspoon Turmeric ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon oil Dash of Pepper and salt If … Continue reading Recipe: Palak Paneer

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Celebrating the Artisans: Food Mela

For the artisans, their own enjoyment is last on the list of their priorities.  That is why at MarketPlace we make a point of prioritizing recreation. Every year we have two events dedicated to fun, community and celebration for all the women. In the past it has been either a picnic out of the city or Artisans’ Day where the groups performed skits, dances or … Continue reading Celebrating the Artisans: Food Mela

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Upcycling with Chindis

At MarketPlace, we try to make the most of everything we have. This is extremely evident in our upcycling of the fabric scraps from our products. The various scraps come in different shapes and sizes, depending on whether we’re cutting pant legs or arm lengths. These scraps are what we call Chindis. Looking through the catalog, you can see the wide range of colors in … Continue reading Upcycling with Chindis

From Mumbai to Baltimore: How our products make their way to your home

Extreme care for our products doesn’t end after the artisans create them. Following the artisan led quality control process,  boxes full of the new products are shipped by air to Baltimore. It is there that they are unpacked, making sure all of the products made it safely to the Serrv warehouses.       We have been proud partners with Serrv, one of the first … Continue reading From Mumbai to Baltimore: How our products make their way to your home

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Recipe: Prawn Biryani

Prawn (or shrimp) with rice and vegetables come together to make this delicious dish. Give it a try! Here’s what you’ll need: 15 to 20  big prawns 1.5 cups basmati rice 4 medium size onions 2 large tomatoes 2 cups fresh coriander 3-4 green chillies 2 tsp ginger garlic paste 1/2 tsp peppercorn (whole) 5 cloves 2 pinches of cinnamon 1 tsp coriander powder 1 … Continue reading Recipe: Prawn Biryani

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36 reasons to love MarketPlace

We asked the artisans and our friends why they love MarketPlace. Here’s what they had to say: 1 “I get the opportunity to learn new things every day. MarketPlace gives me the opportunity to participate in social issues and help bring about change in my community.” – Artisan Sharda, Nirmaan Cooperative 2 “MarketPlace has taught me to first love and respect myself.” – Artisan Deepika, … Continue reading 36 reasons to love MarketPlace