[Anchal's Baigan quilt.]
For the past two nights I've found myself riveted by Half the Sky on PBS' Independent Lens. So today's featured textile had to come from the small women-driven enterprise, Anchal. Actually, I couldn't resist sharing two examples.
[Anchal's Madhu Quilt]
Check out the luscious color combinations and stitchwork. Reminiscent of India's centuries-old kantha-making tradition, these contemporary Anchal quilts are handmade from six layers of recycled cotton saris.
Note the signature? Each artisan signs her work. Anchal (hindi for the edge of a sari used to comfort loved ones) employs marginalized and exploited commercial sex trade workers in India who seek alternative economic options -- a different way to support their families. Although founded by RISD alums, the real goal of the non-profit is for the artisans themselves to ultimately run their own self-sustaining enterprises. It's all about the power of design. Learn more here.
Also of interest: From Agra to The Shoals.