The Rabha Women Weavers Association based in West Bengal was launched in early 2016 with seed funding from Sprout Enterprise®. Sixteen Rabha women received training, initial supplies and materials, and support for design development and marketing during the association's first year of operation from Sarmistha Lahiri, founder and secretary ofHast Karigar Society, a membership based organization of traditional artisans, weavers and folk painters.
Sales of handwoven textiles which these women weavers produce now provide an income to these women as well as provide support for the ongoing operation of the association for marketing and sales support.
Handwoven textiles from the association have been stitched by a production center of Nomi Network in Bihar, India. As an organization fighting human slavery, Nomi Network creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
Zippered cosmetic case in quilted, handwoven cotton, 4" deep x 7" wide with varied placement of extra weft "buttis".