When Paalaguttapalle (a village in Andhra Pradesh) suffered from droughts, the village faced extreme poverty and unemployment. However, women of this village have turned things around. To support their families and build a substantial income, these women have started to stitch bags and sell pickles. Today they undertake bulk orders for conferences, parties, etc. But they also have a comprehensive website for us to grab eco-friendly bags.
If you are someone who relies on supermarkets or sabzi mandis to give you plastic bags, we urge you to stop doing that and pick vegetable bags from here. They come in Kalamkari print or Nataraj artwork — functional and beautiful, aye! Their bestselling bags are the tote bags which come in plain whites, Kalamkari prints as well as long and short handles. Looking for a quirky laptop bag? Their Kalamkari work laptop bag is totally worth checking. Apart from these, they also make tamboolam bags, drawstring bags (perfect for gifting or storing jewellery), duffel bags, etc. The price range of the bags begin at INR 55.
They also make pickles that are free from preservatives, and these are whipped using traditional recipes. As of now, you can grab mango, lemon, and tomato pickles. These are priced at INR 350 for half a kilo. Also, you can find handcrafted masks that are made of pure cotton with double layered protection. It is washable and reusable.