What we do

Anoothi trains women in skills that are simple and traditional.  Traditional Indian textile products are ethically made with environment consciousness by the women we train. Our Zero Waste policy is to make use of the last strand of the raw material used for making the main product. The major skills set given to Anoothi women are:

  • Kantha (a hand needle work on layers of fabric)
  • Wood block printing
  • Natural/Organic dyeing
  • Stitching
  • Stuffed toys

Anoothi begins with community mobilization wherein trained social workers reach out to these women and try to CONVINCE them to enroll. It is a very slow process and it takes time to change the mindset and the thought process of these women who are conditioned to think that suffering is part of their lives. Once enrolled, it’s a training of 3 to 9 months which enables them to reach a level of Apprentice.  Some of them begin to make “A Grade” products within this span while others need a longer time. The major Anoothi products are in the category of home furnishing including bedroom and dining room linen, accessories such as bags and pouches, garments, soft toys, tassels and pompoms, etc.