About the design: Handcrafted designs are visually pleasing. An exceptional handicraft has repeatable and uniform patterns. The expectation from a good product is its visual appeal, comfort in use and long durability. The handicraft artist sets out with an imagination and then puts long arduous hours in making the imagination into reality. Hand crafted goods are impossible to mass produce making them unique. The cost of the product should at least cover the cost of production making the product a bit more expensive than the mass produced machined products. Rigorous quality assurance ensures a product with minimal flaws thus extremely high quality. We provide a guarantee on all our products. We also offer a guarantee on the fabric material and the color of handcrafted designs as long as the user follows our washing instructions.
Procedure in manufacture of Products: This product has been crafted with best quality 100% cotton fabric from a reputed Indian textile company like Bombay Dyeing. Initially, the newly purchased cloth is washed clean using our special technique so that it new designs can be produced on clean cloth and this cloth does not shrink any further after handcrafted designed are made. We ensure that there are no minor differences in color and placement of the designs and the differences, if any, are a part of the intrinsic hand-made nature of our product. You will not find such unique quality and design without handicraft which makes this design very special. We have developed a proprietary technique to ensure a perfect repeatability of designs. Our procedure makes use of environmental friendly chemicals, if any, to make initial landmark. We believe in sustainable economic progress of our cottage industry while leaving a minimal environmental footprint. After initial boundary for design is prepared, our skilled craftsmen make use of well-known and premium quality cotton threads from India with appropriate color in order to complete the necessary design. Other fine details such as Nets, Skyleps, Plates, etc., the cotton threads of garment are manually removed by the craftsmen. Later, By means of fine cuts and skilled threading, our craftsmen complete the final details.
Regarding our Tashore Silk Sarees: The raw material for the silk Sarees comes from a famous silk from south of India. Although the raw material comes from south, the final silk thread is woven in Calcutta. The fine intricate handcrafted designs are produced on these famous silk Sarees using above procedure. The procedure of making handicraft on Silk Sarees is called "Kantha-work". These silk Sarees are very popular wear for weddings in West Bengal and a great wear for parties and functions.
Supporting Rural Economic Development with Purchase of Product: 'Calcutta Handicraft' is a project to provide a platform to skilled handicraftsmen of rural India to market their skills across India and around the world. As these products cannot be made using machines due to their intricate designs and elegance, this cottage industry would play an important role in eliminating poverty and unemployment for rural villagers who depend of the sale of these products to sustain their households. Our goal is to market these products so that they sell very well not just in Bengal but all over India. We have a dedicated India business development manager and also have an International Business Development manager based in U.S. In a day, around 200 - 300 housewives spare up to 4 hours everyday while managing their household duties. Generally, Women and girls aged from 15 years up to 60 years support their households by producing this art work. These handicrafts greatly benefit the rural localities and gradually improves the standard of living of rural citizens by means of extra household income, helps put their kids through schools and colleges, provides better housing and sanitation in rural India. Your support is greatly appreciated in helping poverty and unemployment to slowly diminish.