Saturday, 15 July 2017

Portfolio of Bags

 Paalaguttapalli (Dalitwada) , Pakala Mandalam, Chittoor Dt, AP 517152.  

The village is a habitation of largely landless labourers, with about sixty households   We moved to the village in 1995, in our twenties, after resigning our jobs, with some readings of Gandhi and a belief in Gram Swaraj. Local concerns here ranged from dalit issues   to organic farming and swadeshi efforts. We have engaged in personal capacity as one of the community. We did not want to become an NGO. Various interventions from ayurveda to afforestation to livlihoods have been collectively done with the people

The village has faced recurrent droughts over the last years, and agriculture has slowed down and there is large scale underemployment.  People survive by grazing a cow or two, and last year distress sale of cattle also began. We have been working together on addressing the water situation through various rain water harvesting processes, and discussing cropping patterns that need less water - but other livelihood options need to be worked out. The women make excellent pickles, and some of them stitch well. We are looking at these initially.


Orders can be placed at Aparna Krishnan,

Costs include packaging and posting

17" by 14", with handles (capacity 4kg)
- plain bag - 50/-
- additional charge for kalamkari strip - 20/-
- additional charge for embroidery - 20/-
- additional charge for zip - 20/-
- additional charge for standup style - 10/-
- additional charge for long shoulder length handles - 10/-
- additional charge for screenprinting - 20/- for 100 bags, 15/- for 500 bags

12" by 10" (small bag) , with handles  - Tamboolam Bag
- plain bag - 40/-
- additional charge for kalamkari strip - 20/-
- additional charge for embroidery - 20/-
- additional charge for screenprinting - 20/- for 100 bags, 15/- for 500 bags

Small drawstring bags (7" by 5") - 30/-
Small drawstring bags (7" by 5") with embroidary or kalamkari - 40/-

Large drawstring bags (14" by 10") - 40/- 
Large drawstring bags (14" by 10") with embroidary or kalamkari - 60/-

Larger capacity gusset bags (17" by 14") - 75/-

Customization of orders undertaken.

Plain bags  (17"*14") Rs. 50/-

With kalamkari panel  (17"*14") Rs. 70/-

With hand embroidary (17"*14") Rs. 70/-


Standard Screen Print (17"*14") Rs. 70/-

Image may contain: 1 personImage may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing

Standard Screen Print (longer Handle) (17"*14") Rs. 80/-

Standard Screen prints (17"*14" bags with kalamkari panel)  90/- 

With kalamkari panel , long handle  (17"*14") Rs. 80/-

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people standing

With embroidary , long handle  (17"*14") Rs. 80/-

No automatic alt text available.

With kalamkari panel and embroidary Rs. 90/-, and long handle  (17"*14") Rs. 100/-

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor

Standup bags (plain) (17"*14") Rs. 60/-
(with embroidary or kalamkari panel - Rs. 80/-)

12" by 10" (small bag) , with handles  - Tamboolam Bag 40/-
(With print 60/-) 

Gusset bags, for larger volumes Rs. 75/-


Drawstring bags (small - 7" by 5") with kalamkari Rs. 40/-

Drawstring bags (small - 7" by 5") with embroidary Rs.40/-

No automatic alt text available.

Custom Screen print Drawstring bags (Small - 7" by 5")  Rs.50/- (45/- for large orders) 

Large drawstring bags (10" by 14") Rs. 40/-

Standard Screen print Large drawstring bags (10" by 14")  Rs. 60/-

Image may contain: one or more people

 Large drawstring bags (10" by 14") with  embroidary or kalamkari panel  Rs. 55/-

Custom screen print and with kalamkari panel- Large drawstring bags (10" by 14")  

Rs. 75/- for 200-500 peices
70/- if over 500 peices.

No automatic alt text available.

Custom Screen prints (on plain bag 17"*14") 

Rs. 70/- for 200-500 peices
65/- if over 500 peices.

Custom Screen prints with Kalamkari and long handles  (on plain bag 17"*14") 

Rs. 100/- for 200-500 peices
95/- if over 500 peices.

Laptop Bag with outer zipped pocket for a power cord, inside pocket, zip and a kalamkari panel 

Rs. 130/-

(with screen print 150/-)

Gusset bags with a base, zip and an inside pocket for cell phone.
(17" *12", base 5")
(Rs 130/-)

Sling bag  with zip, inner pocket, screen print
(14" by 14")

Rs 150/-

The women have been working hard, with complete commitment to quality and neatness. When I tell Rani that the quality is uniformly appreciated, she tells me, "That is what we need. Money is secondary." And every customer has uniformly appreciated the work.

Understanding the expenses involves, and the need for a revolving fund, they have decided to keep part of the profits they get aside towards this. When an order comes, they make sure that everyone gets a fair and equal share. They have taken complete charge of the work, from collecting the cloth from the neighbouring transport office 10km away, to handing the costing and the stitching, to the pcking and parcelling from the post office, including all the dealing with a recalcitrant staff there.

They bought motors for their machines, and worked on getting them fixed with the help of others in the village. They have put aside time to go to Chennai and learn screen printing on their own, and have practised that in the village till they acheived quality.

The whole story, and the reviews from customers is here.

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