WOMEN WEAVERS OF KARNATAKA
Group Size: 200
Located in a small rural area outside of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana.
Women are from the Anegundi village, where it was once unthinkable of a woman working, and walk to workshop facility which lies at the heart of the village.
Everything is handmade by the women around Hampi and using the fibers has a non-invasive impact on the the environment. Sustainability is one of the primary focuses and all products are all biodegradable. Ecologically sustainable craft. Started with 8 women has grown to 200. The women train interested women and share knowledge, new techniques, designs. Dried banana sheaths, the outer layers of the banana stem, which is dried naturally in the sunny before being made into rope.
The women, age 18-60, work together in a social ethical setting complete with lunch and the requisite tea breaks. Some choose to work from home allowing them to also take work and take care of their families. Monthly, they earn twice the amount as they would working in other jobs common in their area.
Proceeds from sales help support livelihood initiatives such as XYZ while also providing the women to earn an independent income.
How We Found It
Finding the right factory isn't easy. To find the best one to produce our wallets, we started by asking a question: “What luxury brand currently has a great wallet that we love?” There was one brand that resonated internally for their quality of leather and craft. So we started our hunt to find the factory that produced them. As with many of the groups we collaborate with, we found the Women Weavers of Karnataka after lots of reasearch. After reading an article about banana fiber and the ingenious use of it in South India, we began to research groups we might be able to work with. After lots of google search and dead end emails we found an article that referenced this specific group. We reached out and after several emails back and forth we moved forward.
We are happy to have found a group that. We look forward to visiting the group in Winter 2018.
South India is known for its tropical weather making it ecologically perfect for banana plantations. The fibers used in creating our products would normally be deemed as waste but the ingenuity of the people have created something out of nothing. The season determines the colour variation of the fibers. Some of the items are lined with cotton grown and purchased locally.
About the Owner
The owner likes to stress the important role trust plays in the relationships between his factory and his clients. In his own words, the top priorities in his business relationships are “transparency and honesty.” Sounds like someone we know.