The textiles are gorgeously hand-woven and, amazingly, made without any use of electricity (a scant commodity in rural India) at a weaver's collective that employs nearly 300 weavers, 100 of whom are tribals.
Charmingly, that's not the end of the story. Gadgil has overcome the looming doom of the powerloom by installing sewing machines at her production facilities that are solar-powered, and built on a sustainable model of economy and the tailors in her studio do not work more than eight hours per day.
Due to recent trade agreements, competition from power looms, and "crappy Indian government policies," according to Matali, many handloom weavers in the area have had to shut down production. In some cases, this has even led to suicides among weavers. "Paradoxically, power looms are not a sustainable alternative in rural India," explains Matali, "where recent power cuts--up to six hours a day--have been announced due to electricity shortage."
Major TH props go to Matali for showing that a business can be run this way, and with beautiful results to boot. Contact Matali at email@example.com to order. ::Butterfly Creations (Web site under construction) [by MO]