January 2018

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January 2018

Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy New Year to begin with. A new year, A fresh start, New challenges and a definitely a year to Sparkle on. December was an exciting time, signs of things to come in the New Year!

Christmas Magic at Sasha Shop

The magic of Christmas was recreated into extra special celebration at Sasha this year! We opened our hearts to four of our project partners from across the country and they are as diverse as they can be- PAGIR, Laddakh, Tibetan Handmade Paper Factory, Dharmshala, Kiran Society, Varanasi & Khadim Welfare, Sambhal. It was with great joy and enthusiasm that we showcased their products, made by specially abled and gifted artisans. We also had music and songs by the young musicians from Articulatory Bards, over some delicious cakes & cookies.

SSA has provided an opportunity to its partner organizations under the IM project to test market products they generally make and the new designs that have been provided during product development intervention. Sasha store showcased recycle bags, curtains, Laddakh key chains from PAGIR- Laddakh; handmade papers, notebooks, notepads from Tibetan Handmade Paper Factory- Dharmshala; stress toys, IQ toys from Kiran Society- Varanasi; horn & wooden products from Khadim Welfare Association- Sambhal.

Sasha was invited to the Charity Christmas Market at the German Consulate General, Kolkata and to the Loreto School fest this year!

We were happy to be featured by LBB, Kolkata in this season of festivities as ‘the’ place for Christmas shopping! Read about all of it-

Noon Day – Celebrating their first Artisan summit in India

Noon Day celebrated an entirely new level of connection with the community this fall where they hosted their first international Artisan Summit in New Delhi, India! Read about how we're connecting more deeply than ever with our Artisans
To read more about the summit please copy paste the below link

Training and workshops on Dyeing at Phulia and Birnagar

A refresher workshop at Phulia was organised to standardize natural colours on Onion & Pomegranate in silk & cotton yarn. Ms. Karobi Choudhuri had facilitated the workshop. SSA had organized a workshop at Birnagar on standardization of dye process and colour-fastness. The objective of the workshops was to standardize the colour tones for larger orders, to improve colour fastness and to teach the artisans correct process for Vat dyeing.

Ms. Karobi Choudhuri from SSA coordinated the workshop where master craftsman from Katwa was the trainer for the workshop. He suggested using separate spoons for each dye colour, measuring the fabric and then weighing the dye colour, mixing the dye in a manner to get the maximum colour extraction, making fresh dye baths for each lot and mixing the colour in a stainless steel saucepan. It was a very useful training for the artisans & was well appreciated.

SPAN (Rural & Urban)

SSA is partnering with SPAN urban for their sustainable enterprise development project. Near Basanti region in Sundarbans, West Bengal. Roshni Mukherjee & Rita Naskar facilitated a participatory Needs Assessment with the women stakeholders to help them in selection of enterprises. SSA shall also plan strategic intervention plan for the upcoming project.

In continuation with the partnership with SPAN rural, the SSA team organized a one –day workshop on costing, pricing, book keeping & orientation on fair trade with participants in the project. Post-training, the young women from the community have been motivated to organize themselves into a group. The samples been have developed and SSA shall support them to find markets.

We begin the New Year with Organic weekends at the Sasha Shop.

Check this space in the coming months for all the details of the exciting moments captured specially for you.

That’s all folks!