History of Saree

3rd June 2020

The word sari/saree is derivative of the Prakrit word Sadi, with the original term being the Sanskrit word Sati meaning “a piece of cloth“.

The images highlight Devi Yamuna in a saree like a garment that drapes her waist, covers her torso while the aanchal is wound around her arms while the second image highlights another woman in a saree like a garment with perfect drapes, thus framing a woman. Apart from this, the third image also highlights Ajanta frescoes showing women in perfect drapes covering her torso and lower back. In ancient India, the men wore a turban on their heads, with a piece of cloth around their waists and shawl around their shoulders, while the women also draped a cloth around their upper torso with blouse. The garments were catered keeping in mind the climate, trends and the taste of the time.

Thus, in this way, Saree started ruling in the era of Indian Fashion.

Handloom should not be closed | Karustuti

14th April 2020

Handloom should not be closed | Karustuti

WEAVING OUT OF TROUBLE! In this pandemic situation, when the whole world is currently undergoing an emergency situation, the handloom weavers have not been left out and has got into the trap. With online orders and several businesses going silent, handloom weavers are at home with no work situation. They have demanded help, to meet their daily survival needs. Come, let us hold together and support these exquisite skills of Bengal and put our hands together to overcome this disastrous situation at the earliest, thus putting all our workers back to their daily lives.

Medical Help and Special Care

6th May 2019

Karustuti works towards identifying the root causes of healthcare challenges, providing innovative solutions, and helping implement secure and quality healthcare to those hitherto underserved. Our overall goal is the empowerment of handloom weavers from poor and marginalized communities, leading to improvement in their health standards and livelihoods.

Woman Empowerment

6th May 2019

Alongside child development, Karustuti also stands for woman empowerment. Needless to say, every woman is an ocean of magnitude and power, and nurturing its sustainability with love and care is our duty. So, one of our core missions has been to empower women of all age groups by providing them with the basic resources of life, and strengthening their skills to maintain their livelihood with their heads held high! So far, our continual efforts to liberating woman power in matter of education and artistry have helped many women support themselves as well as their families.

Education For All

6th May 2019

Every human has a right to basic education. Having envisioned a progressive future that opposes gender disparity, provides elementary education to every child, and ensures correct learning and development, Karustuti aims to bridge the gaps between the underserved of the society and their right to education. Education for all, our initiative to educate young children coming from weaver families, is a step to securing their future with right education and approach to living.

A hope weaved in thread

1st May 2019

Women across various local cultures have contributed immensely in the artistic canon of the Indian Handloom industry. Since ages, their delicate fingers have not only battled all odds to make ends meet, but have also woven every layer of thread with love, care, and precision.

While hope is the brightest ray of a woman’s happiness, weaving dreams is her truest desire to live!

#handloom #handwoven #Traditions #Weavers #Textilecottageindustries #womeneducation #womenempowerment #weaverslife #Karustuti

Meet Manabesh Kaka

1st May 2019

Meet Manabesh Kaka. He is a proficient handloom weaver, who along with his family, has contributed by and large into creating beautiful handloom exquisites for handloom lovers.

Karustuti feels humbled to have helped him fight his disabilities, and nurture the art of handloom weaving. We are blessed to have Manabesh Kaka amongst us!

#oneloommanylives #supporthandloom #Karustuti

Stay with Kerala

1st May 2019

God’s own country, Kerala, has seen massive loss of life and property due to the unending flood which has run havoc in the state recently. Kerala surely needs a big assist, and our weavers from Phulia, in spite of enduring similar natural calamities in Bengal, have stepped forward to do their bit.

Karustuti stands in solidarity with Kerala and sends love and prayers to all those affected by the unfortunate tragedy.

#StayWithKerala #Karustuti

Bengal’s Handloom

1st May 2019

Of all the many cottage industries that had thrived in Bengal in the remote past and are being carried on with reputation till today, the handloom industry is by far the most remarkable. The rich tradition of Handloom Weaving in West Bengal is a part of its cultural heritage.

Handloom still remains one of the biggest sources of employment for the rural sector of Bengal.

3.5 lakhs handlooms exist in West Bengal till date. Santipur, Fulia in Nadia district, Dhaniakhali, Begampur in Hooghly district, Samudragarh, Dhatrigram, Katwa, Ketugram in Burdwan district, Bishnupur in Bankura district are the primary handloom concentrated areas in the state of West Bengal.

The history of textile manufacture in Bengal goes back to the remotest antiquity. At the time when the Arthasastra of Kautilya was composed, Bengal’s textile industry was already a well- established industry with a wide reputation in the country.  In  different  periods  of  history, famous writers and travellers such as Marco Polo, Ma Huan, Ralph Fitch, Abul Fazal, Tavernier and   others   made   eulogistic   references   to   the   famous   cotton   textile   industry   of   Bengal producing excellent  cotton  textile  goods,  which  led  way to  setting business  connections with the outside world, revolving round this traditional craft. The British Museum website has a document from 1730 listing the range of textiles or the “piece goods” purchased in Bengal by the Company. It is fair to say that handloom products from Bengal dominated the market of textile goods throughout the world because of its unexcelled quality.

Although the forthcoming years have seen a gradual decline in the acceptability of handloom products, due to the advent of the power loom, the handloom industry in Bengal still strives to sustain its artistry and credibility. Some of the main reasons for handloom still being irreplaceable are that coarse yarn can never be woven in the mill sector, and the varying local tastes and needs can only be met by handloom precision.