Located in Madurdaha behind Kolkata's Ruby Hospital, Dakshini Prayash is an NGO that provides skill training to the women of the community in an attempt to make them financially independent.
The organisation calls in experts to train these women to make sustainable products like dusters, paper bags, cards, cushion covers, different kinds of plants, envelopes and wrapping paper. They've got a Grow with Love initiative that promotes plants as gift options. From indoor air purifying plants like sansevieria and money plant to beautiful marigolds, they've got it all set in sustainable and beautifully designed plant holders made of paper, tin, jute, bamboo, plastic, brass, cardboard, wood and cane.
I also loved the handmade cushion covers and the bags with attractive patterns and floral designs on them. Find a handcrafted range of kantha and jute tote bags, potli bags, jute wallets, multi-purpose ones as well as different kinds of paper bags (rice paper, handmade, craft, brown paper, newspaper) at pocket-friendly rates. The paper bags have hand-block printed or screen printed designs on them while the cloth bags and cushion covers are hand embroidered.
Prices start as low as INR 10 for the paper bags and INR 250 for the cushion covers and planters. The cloth bags start at INR 150.