A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the region. Designs created in block print represent rain water harvesting programs, education campaigns or solar power schemes and a portion the profit from every bag sold will go directly back to the programs that inspired them. This is all thanks to a social enterprise established through a partnership between US-based Friends of Tilonia and Barefoot College. To date over 1,000 rural artisans are a part of the scheme that celebrates their talent, in an industry which too often neglects to adequately support its workers.
Another of Tilonia’s scarf and bag designs feature a warm circular pattern which represents the solar energy programs n the region. As solar powered lighting systems reduces the use of kerosene and other fossil fuels, women are trained by the Barefoot College install and maintain these solar systems. Books are the main feature of a different design that reflects a focus on education for girls. Barefoot College helps educate girls through Night Schools, children who typically work in rural areas. $10 from every sale goes towards the scheme.
Tilonia works with women in the region who draw on traditional Indian craft methods to create their new eco textiles yet remain heavily influenced by the history of design in the desert region. Their latest collection includes block prints inspired by rain water harvesting programs, These artisans earn their supplemental income by performing a wide range of skills, such as embroidery, sewing, tie-dying and weaving.