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About MarketPlace: Handwork of India

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing economic opportunities for women artisans in India, and empowering them to bring about changes in their lives, the lives of their families, and their communities.

Exquisite Ties: By Shanthi Kumar

It is ubiquitous in today’s textile industry. Trendy and classic, colorful and elegant, simple but exquisite, ikat is here to stay. The fact that this age-old tradition (dating back to the 5th and 6th century in India and even earlier … Continue reading

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Artisans’ Kids Bust Stereotypes

We asked the artisans’ kids what they felt about some common social stereotypes. We then asked them to write down one social “rule” that they have proven wrong. Here are some of the answers we got. What did the kids feel … Continue reading

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Celebrating Independence

August 15th is Independence Day in India, commemorating the day in 1947 when India became free from British rule. As the country celebrates with speeches and concerts and kite-flying, the artisans reflect on what independence and freedom mean on a … Continue reading

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Authentic Kalamkari Worth the Work

  Sometimes it isn’t about efficiency. Sometimes it’s about taking the time and trouble to create something truly special. The ancient Kalamkari process is very complex and time-consuming, involving up to 17 steps of hand block printing and dyeing with … Continue reading

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Justin Beiber Fan and Karate Kid- Rupa!

I recently gave my tenth grade exams and I have a long summer vacation ahead of me. I’ve been keeping myself busy with the summer workshops at MarketPlace. So far I’ve participated in an art competition, a craft making session … Continue reading

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Meet Artisan Priyanka Medhe!

Priyanka Medhe, 33. Sahara Cooperative I gave birth to a child almost 10 years after I got married. This is a big issue in our society and I was subjected to taunts and insults for years because I hadn’t produced … Continue reading

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Shraddha’s Plans for the Summer and Beyond

(Shraddha Gupta, 15, years old, daughter of artisan Malati Gupta, WARE. ) I just gave my 10th grade exams and am on vacation for the next 4 months till we start junior college (11th grade). I am going to study Commerce for … Continue reading

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