Sasha Association for Craft Producers has been working with artisans from around India since 1978. The organization has worked develop craft communities around the country to help artisans, especially women, who had been exploited by middlemen, earn a fair wage. SASHA found markets for quality, handcrafted items, helping to save some of the traditional handicrafts. The artisans, many from Eastern India, work with a variety of materials.
SASHA works with 70 producer groups who craft items in 16 product lines. They make wrought iron sculptures, dhokra figures, table mats, table runners, floor mats, handbags, handwoven bed and table linens, quilts, dhurries (rugs), stoles, jewelry, along with fabric toys for children.
As with other fair trade organizations, SASHA works with artisans who are disadvantaged and marginalized. Your purchases help to provide a fair wage and services to help the artisans develop their skills. Most of the artisans are women, roughly 70 percent. The producers benefit not only monetarily, but also through health campaigns and better working conditions.
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