Embroidery artisans in rural India

April 27, 2017

Embroidery artisans in rural India

Embroidery has been made by Indian women for centuries. In rural villages in India, it's still usual to find embroidery artisans. It's often difficult to click their pictures or even talk to them, as they require their husband's or son's permission to talk to strangers. All of the women we met had to ask a man from their the family before clicking pictures with us, and they generally do not take pictures with men.

Indian artisan selling hand made cloth

One of the few Indian artisans who allowed us to click her picture

Each embroidery tells a story

In the state of Gujarat, women from different villages learn to make beautiful embroideries since they are girls, and each tribe use different colors, patterns and materials, so by looking at any specific embroidery, it's possible to identify which tribe has made it. They use a wide range of materials, including threads, mirrors and pompoms.

indian embroidered fabric

Different types of Indian embroideries

Many of these women are illiterate, they first make the clothes and pieces they will need after their wedding, creating even the bag to put all the pieces inside. Until a few decades ago, most women couldn't even sell their embroideries, they used to make it exclusively for their own use. This craft is passed from mother to daughter, and with time women started selling these precious pieces. By selling their embroideries, they are able to monetize the only skill they have ever learned.

embroidered handbag made by tribal woman from India

Handbag made to keep all her belongings inside

 Indian artisans often suffer from lack of financial support, and are very vulnerable to loan sharks and middle men who exploit their labor. We're constantly trying to provide them a better living, and each piece we sell help us in achieving this goal. Check out our embroidered accessories here.



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Size Chart

In case you have any doubt regarding which size you should purchase, kindly follow these steps to measure your foot, then check on the table below, the size which corresponds to the length of your foot in centimeters.

1. Standing up, place a sheet of paper under your foot. Draw the outline with a pencil.

2. With a measuring tape or ruler, measure the length of the foot, from the heel to the tip of the biggest toe.

 

   BALLERINA SHOES
COUNTRY SIZE

UK/INDIA

5

5.5

6

6.5

7

7.5

 

EUROPE

38

38/39

39

39/40

40

41

 

BRAZIL*

36

36.5

37

37.5

38

39

 

US

7

7.5

8

8.5

9

9.5

 

CENTIMETERS (FOOT) 23.8 24.1 24.6 25.1 25.4 25.9

 

   MOJARI SHOES
COUNTRY SIZE

UK/INDIA

3

4

5

6

7

8

 

EUROPE

35

36

37

38

39

40

 

BRAZIL*

33

34

35

36

37

38

 

US

4

5

6

7

8

9

 

CENTIMETERS 21,3 22,2 23 23,8 24,6 25,4

 

*The Brazilian sizes are already converted in the Portuguese version of the website.

*Our ballerinas fit the foot comfortably. Mojaris, however, are a type of shoe which are naturally a little tighter, as they adjust to the foot upon wearing.

*This chart may vary a little from other charts, as there is no international standard for shoe sizes.

*In case you still have any doubts regarding your size, send us an email at info@iamhappee.com, we will revert back ASAP. :)

 

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