saheli bhujodi duster
we've long admired the beautiful, labor intensive textiles from bhuj (kutch). when our friends at the artisan shop connected us to the bhujodi weavers making beautiful shawls with embroidery and mirror work, we jumped at the opportunity to design a few ready-to-wear pieces using the traditional textiles. our bhujodi dusters are labor-intensive: once the fabrics are made, they are then spliced and worked together by our partners, the saheli women. with beautiful borders, sleeves, and a wrap belt, our dusters are the perfect statement piece to add to your wardrobe. pair with boots and a straight leg jean, or wear atop our classic keya slip dress. these dusters are each one-of-a-kind and a true labor of love and artistry.
all artisans have determined their own wages for both the raw materials and the stitching of these garments.
- fit: true to size, with a slightly narrow fit. lekha friend and vintage curator lori of vinti wears a size xs/s.
- fabrication: 100% wool
- care: handwash or dry clean
- origin: handmade in india
the saheli women community center is a women-run enterprise employing 40+ female artisans in the village of bhikamkor, rajasthan. collaborating with a few small fashion brands provides these women with not only a happy work environment and fair wages, but skill development, health education, and insurance. under the umbrella of iphd india, the saheli enterprise also funds sponsorship for young girls to attend school, holds workshops on female hygiene and health, and runs the only female health clinic in the village. the saheli women have transformed the village of bhikamkor, and, with training and guidance, hope to eventually replicate this project in other villages across india. the word “saheli” in hindi means “female friend,” and these women create goods that are meant to be treasured, symbolic of the power of friendship, respect, gender equality, and fair wages.