Irfan Khatri

Irfan Khatri

Ajrak Block Printer

More than seven generations ago the Khatri family travelled to India from what is now known as Pakistan bringing with them centuries old block printing techniques. Today, Irfan Khatri and his young family reside in Bhuj, Gujarat and along with other family members established his own block-printing studio. With his exceptional skills and creative focus he creates wonderful textiles using traditional Ajrak block printing techniques and natural dying processes.
Not only has Irfan been taught century’s old block printing techniques but he has also received training from globally renowned enterprise Kala Raksha Vindhyalaya. When asked what was the most valuable part of this training Irfan replied “marketing & contacts”.
It is this forward-thinking attitude and design-awareness that attracted us to Irfan’s work and to include it in the Provenance collection.

Aranya Naturals

Aranya Naturals

Natural Dyeing & Block Printers

Sited within the beautiful Munnar tea plantation “Aranya Naturals” natural dye studio is one of four projects that create the “Srishti Welfare Centre” supported by Tata Global Beverages. The centre supports the tea plantation families by providing valuable education, work placement training and rehabilitation for any children with disabilities.
The dye studio which was started in 1994 is now known throughout India, and even internationally, for the many skilled artisans who have honed their craft over a number of years allowing Aranya Naturals to specialise in their wonderful handcrafted textiles using traditional techniques and natural dyes.
The Aranya Naturals artisans not only bring a centuries-old heritage of knowledge and skill level to the studio, but many of them have also travelled to other parts of the world in order to learn new techniques and share them with their fellow artisans.
We love their fine textiles and unique dye effects which is why we have included Aranya Naturals in our Artisan Textiles collection

The Fabric Social

The Fabric Social

Textile Weavers

The Fabric Social story begins with the recognition that peace is not merely the absence of conflict. The communities they work with have suffered from decades of armed violence and are struggling to rebuild. Without economic and social recovery, a real peace will never be achieved.

Each metre sold from The Fabric Social is an integral part of a story long silenced. A story about the disproportionate way that war affects women, a story about the courage and resilience of women and their families determined to make social change. Importantly, this is also story about a new wave of economic freedom for those affected by conflict – one that is not dependent on charity, but grassroots driven social entrepreneurship.

The core social goal is to lift the burden of poverty from women and their families in conflict and post conflict areas. By becoming more economically empowered, women in these communities are able to participate more freely in political life and represent their interests in the community. The Fabric Social supports women’s small enterprise in weaving and handloom fabrics, and invest part of our profits back into supporting grassroots initiatives that place women at the table and give them an equal voice.

Anwar Khatri

Anwar Khatri

Wood Block Carver

Master Craftsman Anwar Khatri learnt his trade for at least seven years under the watchful eye of his craftsman uncle and has been carving on his own since 1971. With such a high level of skill and knowledge in his field, Anwar has been able to develop new and interesting techniques combining today’s wood-working tools with traditional finer carving tools for his unique woodblock designs.
We are very proud to showcase his work.

Athulya

Athulya

Paper Making

Athulya is part of the Srishti Wellfare Centre (Munnar, Kerala, India) supported by Tata Global Beverages. The centre provides education, work placement training and rehabilitation for children with disabilities of tea plantation staff.
Provenance’s packaging for Pure Natural Soap Flakes and Miniature Kimono Kits are all supplied by this fantastic team of artisans.

The Stitching Project

The Stitching Project

Block Printing, Natural Dyeing & Embroidery

Originally developed as a "Creative Arts Tour" business The Stitching Project (TSP) is a "for profit" social enterprise providing work opportunities for weavers, dyers, block printers, embroiderers and many others within the local Pushkar community (Rajasthan, India).
Owners Fiona Wright and Kanhiya Lal (Praveen Nayak to his mates) have made Pushkar their permanent home after moving from Australia in 2004. The bustling business is based on Fair Trade principles and has Craftmark accreditation for Kantha Embroidery and Quilt Stitching ensuring what you buy is truly hand-made in India.

Cambodian Weaving Network

Cambodian Weaving Network

Textile Weavers

In 2015 Chomnab Ho setup a small weaving network in Cambodia. He provides work for local silk growers, yarn spinners, weavers and dyers, many of whom are working from home in rural areas.

The fabrics are woven to a very high standard and the exquisite fine silk & raw silk yarns are sourced from within Cambodia. All the fabrics are dyed using natural dyes.

Godavari Delta Womens Lace Artisan Co-operative

Godavari Delta Womens Lace Artisan Co-operative

Crochet Lace Makers

The co-operative began in 1979 after local women had been continually exploited by middlemen.

Today the Co-operative works with 40 groups in 30 rural villages, providing training and work to lift the living standards of thousands of rural women.

The Co-operative are members of the World Fair Trade Organisation and cotton yarns used in the crochet lace are GOTS certified.

Global Mamas

Global Mamas

Batik Print on Cotton

Global Mamas was founded in 2003 by six Ghanaian women who were passionate about using their talents as batik artisans and seamstresses to earn a steady income to support their families. They were supported by two women from North America who were passionate about seeing Ghanaian women grow their businesses.

The community of "Mamas" has grown over the years with each achieving prosperity by creating and selling unique, handcrafted products of the highest quality. Being able to do the work they love and being empowered by financial independence leads to greater happiness. Mamas realize their dreams of having the opportunity to support their families, send their children to school, improve their health, and save for the future.