Ganesh Chaturthi

Lord Ganesha, the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva, is the most well loved and widely worshipped deity among Hindus. Ganesha, also known as Ganpati, has been represented with the head of an elephant in Indian art for as long as anyone can remember, and there are many explanations for how he got his elephant head. Lord Ganesha symbolizes strength, wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. … Continue reading Ganesh Chaturthi


Vegan Palak Tofu Recipe

Traditionally, Palak Paneer is made in Indian homes using a soft homemade cheese. But we’ve got our own vegan spin on the much loved vegetarian favourite. We recommend using tofu instead of the cottage cheese if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, or simply watching your waistline. Here’s what you will need: Ingredients: 1 pack of firm or extra firm tofu cut into 1 inch cubes … Continue reading Vegan Palak Tofu Recipe

The Bollywood Bash Raises Money for the Armaan Club!

by Junior Board member- Tessa Tsarong-Blomker The Junior Board is pleased to announce that our Bollywood Bash to support the Armaan Club was a success! The event was completely sold out and we brought in $2,445!  We are so happy with the amount of people that came out to support and have fun! We started off the night with food donated from local vendors, drinks, … Continue reading The Bollywood Bash Raises Money for the Armaan Club!

Ramadan- A Day in the Life of Hasina

Ramadan or Ramazan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed worldwide by Muslims as the month of fasting. For 29- 30 days (depending on sightings of the moon), Muslims fast every day from dawn till dusk, without consuming food or water. A fairly large number of the women artisans at MarketPlace are Muslims and come to work each day during the … Continue reading Ramadan- A Day in the Life of Hasina

Sewing Training for New Artisans- Make a Donation Today!

With every product you buy from MarketPlace, the artisan cooperatives are able to employ more women to develop the garments and accessories you see in our catalogs. Even with markets being slow during the recession of the last few years, MarketPlace has been able to sustain its growth and as a result the women and their children have been able to participate in social development … Continue reading Sewing Training for New Artisans- Make a Donation Today!


Kalamkari is a hand block printing technique that uses vegetable dyes on cotton fabric. The word “kalamkari” is derived from the Persian word ‘kalam’ meaning pen and ‘kari’ meaning craftsmanship, and together the word means ‘to draw with a pen’. Very intricate designs are drawn onto fabric with the help of bamboo reeds using vegetable dyes. But for products of daily use, like apparel and … Continue reading Kalamkari