The Makers

At Kasu, we like to know who made our goods.

A lot of our stock has been purchased directly from the makers. After years of research and travels in India, we now have a great network of makers and not-for-profit organisations that support them.This has become more difficult - but not impossible - in the time of Covid19 with travel restrictions in place.

But increasingly, there are wonderful not-for-profits and businesses in India who buy directly from the makers too.  They adhere to fair trade principles and stock wonderful hand made products.

From one of our suppliers, a winner of the first national award for hand-looms marketing by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India:

"...Our dream is to create and support sustainable livelihoods for India’s 9 million weaver and artisan communities, while promoting handmade, natural and sustainable products to consumers globally. crafting the change we want to see in the world, together."

Kasu is proud to be a part of that process.

For extended reading about some of our suppliers, find a comfy spot and read on:

SPEED trust

Alima Khatun

Afroza Khatun

Himalayan warmth

The women weavers of Panchachul

Tribal treasures

Reincarnated textiles

Varanasi weaver

Rajasthani block printing


For tales of my travels to far-flung parts of India to find beautiful fair trade, sustainable and cruelty-free stock, make yourself a cuppa and read these:

Up a mountain

A rainy night in Chennai

And when you're done reading all of the above, you might like to really settle in and read my Missives from the Subcontinent - letters home from a traveller in India.


Happy reading!