Postcards from India Issue 13 | Shining light on our women artisans

Shining light on our women artisans

Oh India ~ the magic, the mystery, the enchantment. A place that steals our hearts and forever encourages us to highlight the beautiful women behind our clothing. Each and every one of the women artisans we work with has their own story of empowerment, and it is our greatest blessing to be able to share them with you.

As we embrace the spirit of International Women's Day, we are filled with gratitude and admiration for these remarkable women who contribute to the tapestry of our garments. Their skill, dedication, and resilience serve as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us of the immense value of supporting women's empowerment and fostering a culture of inclusivity and equality.

Our team of women artisans is growing, and with their growth they’re extending further contributions to their community. Recently, they have begun building a new factory which will support the increase of their team from 25 to 75! In addition, they have started an NGO for under-resourced women in their local area. The work of Daughters of India designs will be assisting with their donations to educate more local women on garment crafting techniques in efforts to better support their community livelihoods as a whole. All of this has been made possible with your on-going support, of which we are eternally grateful.

In the heart of Jaipur, amidst the vibrant hues of tradition and culture, our women artisans breathe life into each and every garment with their talented hands and unwavering passion. Through their craftsmanship, they weave stories of heritage, perseverance, and creativity, infusing every stitch with a sense of pride and identity. We feel so blessed to collaborate with these beautiful women, to witness their artistry unfold, and to amplify their voices and achievements on a global stage.

At our core, we believe in even more than slow fashion; we believe in fostering meaningful connections and making a positive impact in the communities we work with. By working with these communities, we not only ensure exceptional quality but also actively support the livelihoods of countless women who form the backbone of the garment making industry and beyond. We couldn’t begin to express just how many women your purchases are truly helping! 

Behind every exquisite piece lies the dedication of these women, many of whom are mothers, daughters, and sisters providing for their families while pursuing their craft. Through fair wages, safe working conditions, and opportunities for personal and professional growth, we aim to empower these women to thrive, both within their craft and beyond. And wow, they sure are thriving!

On this International Women's Day, let us celebrate the strength, vulnerability, and boundless potential of women everywhere, especially those who strive to create more beauty in the world. Let us honour the women artisans in India and beyond, whose hands shape not just garments, but also dreams and aspirations. Together, let us continue to champion equality, empower women, and create a future where every woman has the opportunity to shine.

As you float freely in your feminine essence wearing our clothing, remember that you are not only wearing a garment; you are wearing a story—a story woven with love, passion, and the indomitable spirit of women artisans in India. Thank you for being a part of our journey, and for joining us in celebrating the extraordinary women who make it all possible. Happy International Women's Day!

With love,
Daughters of India x

By Ella Josephine Archer