This craft was introduced in south India in the middle of the 19th century to provide poor and dalit women employment. The only tool needed for crochet is a simple hooked needle and thread, yet the intricate patterns have an underlying mathematical structure that express delicacy and beauty. About 100 women crochet our products, mostly from their homes.
Our crochet partners live in the West Godavari delta region and belong to a community cooperative that focuses on economic development and artisan training. This group provides education, savings and loan programs, and free medical care, and promotes anti-dowry advocacy.