After decades of being marginalized and living on the socio-economic fringes of society, four years ago, 21 women of the tribal village of Chuliaposi, Odisha took a pledge to change their destiny. They came forward to take the first step towards sustainable livelihood and living a life of dignity.
Facilitated by the Mauna Dhwani foundation, the women set forth to revive their weaving heritage and over the last three years have been training on weaving and natural dyeing.
Mauna Dhwani Foundation conceptualized to introduce eco-friendly and sustainable bags along with the traditional handloom garments. Thus began a movement where more than a hundred women weavers from five neighboring villages namely Chuliaposhi, Sunapal, Atanati, Astia and Bhandagan came together to form a co-operative. All of them are being trained on weaving and currently 60 of them are actively engaged in setting up the production units.
This eco-friendly bag that you have received is made from cotton and jute yarn and after being woven it is termed as ‘juco’ weave. The symbols/motifs on the bag have been designed under the guidance and advice of the tribal community. All of these motifs are hand woven on the bag with every single colour made with azo-free eco-friendly dyes. The fish on the bag symbolize the preservation of natural resources. The diamond is a symbol of good luck blessing the receiver and wishing them a safe journey through life. The turtle symbolizes longevity and perseverance.
The entire process of production of this bag is done so that it will not harm Mother Earth and her grace and pristine glory will be preserved.
As you set forth to serve the world we stand by, with you, to help you do it in a manner that will preserve our planet for the generations to come. Wishing all of you a truly blessed and inspirational journey ahead.
With Love and Hope
The Women Weavers of Mayurbhanj along with The Mauna Dhwani Foundation