Started by the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), Digikargha is a venture that empowers weavers from across the country and also markets/retails all their products. Artisans from across the country like the Chanderi weavers from MP, Kanchipuram sari makers from Tamil Nadu and Warli weavers, among many others, retail their saris, stoles and decor products through this venture.
The newly-opened Digikargha store (and the only one in Delhi) is located at a walking distance from Hauz Khas metro station, near Kalu Sarai. We had some trouble finding the store in the basement but once we reached here, their stuff was definitely worth all the effort.
The store itself is one airy room filled with rows of colourful saris and hangers with beautiful silk and cotton stoles. They've got cotton saris from UP (starting at INR 2100), applique and embroidery work saris from Rajasthan, and the most stunning Musiri silks from Trichy and Kanchipuram silks too (starting at INR 6000).
Ikat fans will love the variety of cotton ikat saris from Odissa (INR 3800 onwards ) that come in pink and grey, red and black, and pearly white colours. Digikargha also stocks silk ikat stoles (INR 1000) that can add a pop of colour and layer to any simple black outfit. They make for great gifts too!
We also love their small (but significant) collection of decor accessories and knick-knacks. These include set three of pen-holders (INR 300), wooden trays with Warli artwork, cane baskets and even jewellery boxes (around INR 400).
Also, just FYI, all the profits and proceeds from the sale of products go directly to the artisans (with zero involvement of middlemen), so it's really just a heartwarming initiative doing a lot of good.