Last year, we spent many weeks travelling throughout different regions of India. A country so vast and so full of completely different cultures and customs, we were always exposed to something new and unexpected.
2015 has flown by for us! Our first full year spent carrying out our vision has been busy and exciting. Producing our first collection while perfecting our working model, discovering new types of craft and other artisan groups,
The idea for Artha first came to life in early 2013. It was through a combination of our experiences working with and learning about craft, and our belief that craft could be leveraged to provide sustainable livelihoods that we, Catherine and Claire Grigioni, a mother-daughter team, developed an initial concept.
Over the past few years, we have spent many weeks working with the Lambadi community settled in a valley in the northwestern part of Tamil Nadu. We spend our days with them working together on design, color and stitch ideas, getting to know the individual women through their stories and learning about the processes involved in creating the hand embroidered pieces that are part of our collection.