Ethical capitalism means that we have to respect workers' dignity, culture, art and beauty.
Our business is founded on humanist principles that place the dignity of our people and care for the environment at the core of our values. And even though our enterprise was born from a passion to make a social impact, we know to make a lasting change, we must craft outstanding products of the highest quality: a good story can only go as far.
Weaving has a rich history of at least five millennia and contains multitudes of stories: of supplying common people with a basic human necessity, clothing; to furnishing rich and famous with fabric for their resplendent regalia. We think the craft of weaving must be conserved, and not least on account of the abundance of these stories it contains. We believe this is possible by increasing the value of the craft and sharing that value equitably with those engaged in the craft.
We started the project in August 2014.
One of the founders, Satyakam Saha, who is an architect and a visual artist, undertook transformation of the physical space, which lay abandoned for a couple of decades: its disuse obvious in overgrowth of lush foliage in the adjoining land - and even on the building.
Between August 2014 and March 2015, Satyakam put together a band of workers: masons, ironsmith, electricians; and relentlessly worked on converting the dilapidated building into a warm space that inspires and spurs us to be creative.
Satyakam used minimal resources, whatever was possible to acquire in Bhagalpur within our modest budget; upcycled the material found on the premises; and used his creativity to salvage a lost space now being used to restore the pride of a team engaged in weaving, a craft that connects us to the origin of human civilization.
Our workspace underscores our philosophy. It also starts a change we anticipate and embodies it.