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Our Crafts


For many of our artisans, craft is more than just a source of income. It’s a form of expression that’s closely connected to their history and identity.
These crafts - and the stories that come with them - form the foundation of each RangSutra product. Each one is a celebration of the unique and longstanding tradition of Indian design.

Applique


Applique is a craft technique that involves adorning a base fabric with small patterned fabric pieces.


Where our artisans are from

Our applique artisans belong to a community that migrated from Pakistan during the war of 1971 and settled in parts of Rajasthan (Barmer) and Gujarat.


Today, it has been three years since I started working with Rangsutra. I am also looked up to in my family and community as a member who earns and supports the wellbeing of her own family.

Jamu Devi

Barmer, Rajasthan

Desert Embroideries


Embroidery is the craft of embellishing a textile or other material with needle and thread using motifs, which are usually geometrical, floral or inspired by nature.


Where our artisans are from

Rangsutra presently works with embroidery artisans in Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Barmer districts of Western Rajasthan. The community migrated from Pakistan during the war of 1971 and settled in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.


30 years ago, we used to do embroidery primarily for dowry and household needs. Today, we have enabled a transformation of our craft from a hobby to a real profession.

Dhinya Bai

Bikaner, Rajasthan

Handloom


Handloom fabric is woven on a frame loom, keeping in mind the layout and placement of stripes that is carefully designed in advance.


Where our artisans are from

RangSutra’s handloom cluster is located in the Napasar village of Bikaner, Rajasthan. They are skilled in various forms of weaving, including extra-weft and engineered weaving.


I was raised around the rhythmic loom; its sound is part of my earliest childhood memories. Working with RangSutra has given me the confidence to lead other artisans of my community and promote the sales of hand-woven cloth in national and international markets.

Omprakash

Napasar, Rajasthan

Kashmiri Embroidery


Kashmiri hand embroidery work uses simple stitches such as satin, stem, chain and long & short stitches with occasional use of herringbone, button hole and darning stitches.


Where our artisans are from

We work with a cluster of artisans in Srinagar, many of whom have practiced Kashmiri embroidery for generations within their families.


In my family, embroidery was seen as an embellishment on any cloth to make ordinary things beautiful. It’s wonderful to showcase this art practiced by my community to the entire world. RangSutra never lets us artisans sit idle.

Noor Mohammad Bhat

Srinagar, Kashmir

Ralli


Ralli means ‘to connect’ and is the art of connecting small pieces of recycled fabric. These colourful bits of fabric are placed in geometric patterns and hand-stitched together with precision.


Where our artisans are from

Our ralli artisans come from the villages of Rajasthan, where they have been crafting elaborate connections of fabric within their families for decades.


We put in our love and our creativity to make these rallis to present to our daughters when they get married and leave home. While I have been practicing ralli for years, I learned a lot at [Rangsutra’s] workshop about colours, design, quality of work, and markets.

Karimat

Maangan Khan ki Dhani, Rajasthan

Tie and Dye


The process of tie-dye typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment, binding it with string or rubber bands, and finally applying dyes.


Where our artisans are from

We work with artisans in Bikaner to produce beautiful fabric using shibori, lehariya, and other resist dyeing techniques.


Almost every land has one type or the other of dying technique. Colors are a metaphor of happiness, and different moods and emotions break the monotony of the desert landscape and fill people's lives with joy.

Hasanji

Bikaner, Rajasthan