Kriti - working with the urban poor  
  
 
 
Kriti’s livelihood project aims to empower poor women by providing them an opportunity to earn income in a safe environment that maintains their dignity. We understand the issues that our women grapple with – low self esteem and confidence, social barriers to go out to work, practical constraints such as small children at home and water scarcity. At the Kriti center, over 80 women have learnt tailoring – a useful skill by itself. Many have stayed on to form production groups and do tailoring at the center. Here they work in a comfortable all women environment, even bringing their children along when they have to. Some women who are looking for only home based work have learnt to make newspaper bags and they complete the orders at their homes. The women earn a fair wage for the work they do and we strive to keep the center sustainable through regular sales of the products.

In the tailoring center, we make a range of ethnic home linen products and also a range of eco-friendly bags and folders.
We sell the products directly at exhibitions mostly through free stalls at corporates. We have displayed our products at Infosys, Wipro, D E Shaw, Dupont to name a few organizations. We also do sales at apartment complexes and take up stalls at Lepakshi and other exhibitions. Our products are also stocked at Hyderabad Goes Green, on Road No 5 Banjara Hills.
For the jute bags and folders we look for bulk orders from universities and companies looking for corporate gifts or seminar material.
For more information on the products and our catalogues, please contact Himani Gupta on 9963577727 or Himani@kriti.org.in. The products can also be purchased online through our e-bay page: https://stores.ebay.in/Kriti-ngo
Bedspreads and Homelinen products
1) Kalamkari patchwork bedspreads. Bedspreads available in four sizes:

a. Single – 60” x 90” , Queen – 78” x 96”, Double – 90” x 96”, XL – 100” x 108”
b. Designs – Pacchisi, Railfence, log cabin
2) Kalamkari quilts: They are soft machine washable quilts made with pure cotton outside and polyfill sheets inside for the warmth.
3) Diwan sets: Made in kalamkari and mangalgiri cotton with a beautiful patchwork design of diamonds. The diwan set includes a sheet, three cushion covers and two bolster covers
4) Cushion covers: 16” x 16” size
5) Pillow covers: 18” x 28” size
6) Tablemats, table runners, coasters: Size of table mats: 13” x 17”, Runner – 13” x 65”

We are making ethnic and beautiful products for everyday use. All the homelinen products are made of colour fast cotton and can be machine washed at home. Photographs of a few of the products are given below. For more information on designs and pricing, please contact us at Himani@kriti.org.in
Bags and accessories

We make a wide range of bags in kalamkari and ikat fabrics. The bags are functional and also very attractive. They are great alternative for ladies who would like to use light weight, ethnic looking bags in eco-friendly materials. There are bags for everyday use, small bags for a quick shopping trip or when taking the kids down to play, capacious bags for travel, bags to keep documents safe during travel and many others. The cell phone pouches and wallets are also excellent items to give as gifts for functions etc. We also make i-pad and laptop sleeves as well as laptop bags in kalamkari and in jute.

The price range of the bags is from Rs 200 - Rs 500. The small items such as cell phone pouches start at Rs 100/-

Children range
Simple cotton frocks that girls can wear every day – that is what we make. For girls in age group of 1 yr to 9 years, we make frocks in different patterns. The designs and prints keep changing. Simple bags that will appeal to girls are made to be sold along with the frocks or independently. Keeping away from the branded cartoon characters, we have some lovely quilts for children in cheerful animal prints.
1 Frocks for girls: age 1 – 9
2 Bags for girls
3 Children’s quilts
Jute products and cloth bags
We are making a range of jute products from lunch bags to laptop bags. We combine cloth such as kalamkari / ikat with jute to create striking designs. The bags are functional and will be used by workshop participants even after the event. We can screen print logo’s either onto the front of the bag or on an inside pocket.
For shops willing to substitute plastic bags with cloth bags, we have a great range of cloth bags starting from Rs 15/- per bag. The cost goes up with quality of cloth and size of bag. We can screen print the shop’s logo onto the bag for a minimum order size of 500 bags.
For a catalogue of our jute products and cloth bags please send an email to Himani@kriti.org.in
Newspaper bags
These sturdy bags made by reusing old newspaper are ideal for environmentally conscious citizens. These bags are made by pasting and folding two or three sheets of newspaper to make bags of different sizes. The handles of the bag can be made with either jute string, cotton string or nylon string. Surprisingly strong, a large 2-ply newspaper bag can hold upto 4 kgs of weight. The bags are ideal for shops selling clothing items, stationary, bakeries etc. Small bags are available for return gifts for birthday parties. Different options are available to provide branding on the bags. The bags price starts from Rs 2.5 for a medium sized bag.
 
For more information on newspaper bags please write with your requirements to Himani@kriti.org.in