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The value of quality

Sudha had completed a sewing training course and was employed by a company that made garments for the local market. She was not earning much for all her work, however, so when her aunt told her about Sahara Collective, she was eager to join. After starting at Sahara, however, she realized that her skills were not up to the task. While she had thought she knew how to sew, she saw that the other artisans were faster and better. Realizing she was far behind, she asked for some additional training.

She went to Umang, MarketPlace's training center, for three months. There she was taken through all the basic skills. At least as important, she was given time to practice by sewing together Chindis, the fabric scraps that MarketPlace has incorporated into many products. Attaching Chindi pieces to create various shapes provides excellent practice in sewing straight and accurate lines. Only flawless pieces can be used for production, so trainees learn to strive for perfection.

Back at Sahara now, Sudha is determined that none of her pieces are returned to her because of poor quality. She does not want to repair a piece she has done because it is wrong. She wants to do it right the first time!


Our Mission

When you purchase and enjoy a MarketPlace product, you become an integral part of an innovative program of social change. Successfully running their own businesses gives the artisans in India the opportunity to forge a new, better future for themselves, their families and even their communities. They are proud to offer you a collection of unique yet versatile products characterized by beautiful traditional hand-dyed fabrics and hand embroidery.

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