Baragaon Weaves is a well-meaning venture that works with weaver families in UP’s Baragaon village. The team works closely with the artisans in upholding the age-old tradition of handloom-weaving by assisting them with designs and marketing. The best bit: It brings the weavers dignity of labour and promises a fair price for their craft. You can help support them by shopping from their online site which has a ton of sarees, kurtas, dupattas, scarves and accessories for women and men.
You’ll be surprised at how badly the small-time weavers working in obscure villages are hit by rampant mechanisation. Their handmade looms are time-consuming, and, thanks to the middlemen, fair remuneration often fails to trickle down to the artisan working at the grassroots. This is exactly why (if you are a conscious buyer and a lover of all things sustainable) you’ll dig their saris, stoles, bags and dupattas.
We’re crushing on these simple, feel-good products, that are as practical as they are good-looking. Plus, the pricing is fair on both sides: The weaver gets what he/she deserves and the benefit of a no-middleman-fee translates into a moderately priced product for the end buyer. We loved their Black Beauty Striped Saree that was elegant and simple, perfect for low-key days. The plain fabrics are absolutely gorgeous in case you have a design in mind that you'd like to get stitched; we fell in love with all the shades of blue!
Price: INR 260/m for fabrics