THE ARTISAN : KARA WEAVES
Kara Weaves is a social enterprise that is based out of Kerala, India and supports artisan weavers who are members of weaving cooperatives and who design contemporary home textiles. All of the hand-woven products, from coasters to napkins, are made from ancient and local fabrics, and these fair trade products are handmade on traditional wooden looms. Kara Weaves works with weaving cooperatives; some of the cooperatives are large with 250 member weavers, while other cooperatives are small with 15 member weavers. Kara Weaves works with two types of cooperatives. Some of them are well-to-do cooperatives and receive continuous work orders, while others require financial aid and working capital to stay open and continue working. Some of the member weavers have looms in their homes, so they are able to work from home. The weavers that Kara Weaves works with make their work at the weaving cooperative unit. Indu Menon and Chitra Gopalakrishnan founded the social enterprise. Since February of 2013, Kara Weaves has been a member of the Fair Trade Forum of India, which is the country network of the World Fair Trade Organization and WFTO-Asia.
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