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My bags from Dalitwada are here! Aparna Krishnan, thank you, and thanks to Anita and her team . Cute embroidery and pretty kalamkari panels make it look more lovely. Glad to have been associated with you and your team
Watch this space for more to come!
The bags have arrived. Getting ready to distribute sweets this diwali in cloth bags!! The bags also conveying a message of reduce the plastics usage in our lives. #noplastics
Thanks to annapurna and team from Paalaguttapalle (Dalitwada) in getting them ready and delivered in time.Thank you Aparna Krishnan ma'am for all your coordination...
Received the beautiful bags. Thanks a ton Aparna Krishnan for introducing me to these beautiful talented bunch of ladies. The quality of the bags is excellent and without a doubt total value for money.
..the bags that says a dozen stories..
..from the hard-working women of paalaguttapalle village..(Daliwada)
These 140 bags are handed as a return gifts for an event.. with sets from Seven Yarns..
Discovering Self bags. We gave cloth bags instead of plastic folders, which can be reused for shopping. Aparna Krishnan and women from Paalaguttapalle village made it possible, many thanks. Our bit for the environment.
Check Aparna's blog to know about the village.http://paalaguttapalle.blogspot.in/
Guys if you need some high quality cloth bag and at the same time you can help some villagers who do not have water and are depending on making cloth bag and pickles please write to Aparna Krishnan if there are any questions please ask me!
I received these bags on Saturday afternoon. I wanted to rip off the package and distribute them to everyone in the bank, but I am glad I thought better of it. They are very sturdy and cute, and perhaps one of the last deaperate attempts at livelihood. I bought ten of them and have only been giving away to like minded friends.
Paalaguttapalle (Dalitwada) - A Village.
Annapurna,29, has been trying to rebuild her life. She has been through an abusive marriage, a suicide attempt, a broken marriage, all before she turned 30. And she has retained her goodness, and kindness and basic faith in life.
They both along with other women of the village are self employed by making pickles and beautiful bags which is been sent to customers.
It is also commendable at the quiet way the confidence and enterprise has built up over the years.
#hastavem #womensday #shemeansbusiness
"Hi, good morning. Disturbing you early in the morning, I want to place an order for 100 bags, same type as I have taken earlier. Please revert once you are free.
Bhawna "Good morning Aparna. I have received the bags. Thank you so much to you and everyone . The bags are really very nice. Thank you for the handles on them. That's very thoughtful.
Subashree Ramdas, gave an order of 500 bags
Thank you ma'm. We received the bags yesterday.
These sturdy and attractive bags can be used for carrying goods up to 5 kgs easily. They are also an eco friendly alternative for plastic bags.
I also have to appreciate that the bags came to me on time in perfect condition without any follow-up!
Well the change starts with you. I am super excited to receive these lovely cloth bags (alternate to single use bags) handcrafted and embroidered with utmost perfection direct from a group of women in Paalaguttapalle village.
Please check out their other handworks here.
Thanks Aparna Krishnan for sending me this.
Happiness is getting the first "Hastkaam " logo bags made by women of Dalitwaada in Chittor district - overwhelmed by happiness
... thank you Aparna for this
I know it took effort to get them made in indigo colour as the ladies didn't have it ... I was pleasantly surprised to see them in Indigo ... thank you ... thank you !!!
The stuff that dreams are made of ...
Supriya Srinivasa Madhavan
"Hello ma'am. I am a student of Professor Jeya Velu. I wanted to buy about 300 of the cloth bags you had posted about on your FB page. I am getting married in May. This is for that. Please let me know when would be a good time to chat about the same".
First of all thank you so much! In all the indulgences that is my wedding, probably one of the few meaningful things I have done! Could you please share the names of the women who made it? IS there an address I could write to them at ?
This is on the backside of the thank you card. It goes into all the bags - So more people get to know!
(via Aravinda Pillalamarri)
If you think you really went " green" when you stepped in an AC mall and paid for the paper bags, you're welcome to smell, buy or just take these and help connect our Anithas, Varalus, Eashwarammas, Ranis with the spaces they should own but they just don't.
My friend Anupam Pratibha is very happy with bags from Palaguttapalle. She carries them to office and for groceries. They serve a triple purpose of
-being environment friendly by gradually replacing plastic/leather with cloth,
- creating sustainable consumption demand for rural livelihoods a
- nd their simple yet sturdy designs are more inclusive and less elite/alienating.
My child is delighted, having the aesthetic instinct of the young to zero into something beautiful and different.
We have not done much yet, since the kid has been unwell. However, here he is with one he has reserved for himself for his 'important things'.
The others are gorgeous too. The two in the other picture, complete with kalamkari border and screen printing (which can be combined on order) look beautiful.
These bags can be used for formal occasions to hold saris, folders, books and as household grocery bags. There are some drawstring, embroidered bags which we could not photograph because of a domestic crisis. They are great for disorganized people like me.
Writers, poets, columnists, opinion-writers, journalists, editors. women and men who care, do I need to tag all of you?
These bags have been made with courage and cheer in the face of drought and poverty by women who are trying to support their families through it. Little else needs to be said.
May I request, coax, cajole and bully you into ordering these? Please ask them to be customized if you have small businesses, a big wedding or any of those occasions that need elegant but simple presentation. At the same time, a chance to give back a little.
I do hope that this post, at least, shall not go unheeded. Love.
The tomato pickles are made by a process of sun drying the tomatoes, grinding on the stone with tamarind and then pickling with oil without using any preservatives. The result is a very tasty pickle, unique to this area. The pickles are lip smacking. They are costed at 350/- per kg.
Other pickles like gongura, mango, lime etc are also made.
I found one answer. A friend I've never met, Aparna Krishnan, lives in a village in Chittoor district, called Paalaguttappalle. As with many villages in India, there is little work available with failing rains and difficult times.
One way in which the villagers earn money is by making and selling pickles. I recently bought lemon pickle and tomato pickle and absolutely loved them. There is no brand name, no fancy prose claiming organic credentials, no assertion of superlative quality, but still I felt really connected with the food I ate yesterday. And I'll probably feel that sense of connection every meal that the pickles complement.
Enjoying yummy pickles prepared at Aparna Krishnan's village!