I recently came across this brand which makes delightful furniture for the home. Founded by Gauri Gopal Agarwal, the company is a social enterprise that works with rural communities of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Their products are lovely to stock around the house. They make lovely stools, benches and canopy beds inspired by designs from villages of North India. I love their toy storage boxes too! This is done in collaboration with communities of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The company uses salvaged cloth waste and industrial waste plastic to create each product. 80 percent of our products are made using industrial plastic waste and post manufacturing textile fabric waste. Colour plastic waste (blue from Cadbury chocolate, green from Garnier shampoo bottles and yellow and orange from crisp packets) – all go into creating these ropes.
The women who make these charpoys have never imagined a life beyond household chores and weaving charpoys for personal use. “The brand works closely with these women artisans by sharing design ideas. Using ideas from Pinterest, Instagram and other apps, the company develops products having contemporary appeal,” says the founder.
I love their colourful designs. The brand takes inspiration from Columbian designer Caroline Ortega. It has infused a new energy into the charpai weaving technique through modern designs.
Drool at their collection at www.skilledsamaritan.com