At Contemporary-Craft, we create designs on natural fabrics using Eco printing, traditional block printing, hand loom weaving, and other handcrafted techniques, most of which use careful processes that are environmentally sustainable. Since our products are handmade, print and color imperfections in the weave add to the beauty and unique character of each piece.
Some of the artisans we work with are very poor, and do not have the resources to maintain a stable livelihood. Because of rapid urban growth in India, many people from artistic trades forgo their traditional occupations for work in industry or manual labor. We are working to raise awareness and revive some of the beautiful artistic traditions of these areas, so that our artisans are not displaced by these changes. Also, in much of rural India, women also have few economic opportunities. We support women's weaving groups in Central India to have some of our silk fabrics made.
The most important thing to us is to find a place where great design meets conscientious collaboration. We work to showcase traditional methods of craftsmanship with innovative and contemporary design motifs, while simultaneously ensuring ethical and thoughtful working relationships with our artists and friends in India.
Bina Koolwal & Gayatri Koolwal