Delhi Artisans

November 1, 2015

A common sight in Rajiv Nagar, a resettlement slum on the outskirts of East Delhi, is women sitting outside their houses with a piece of fabric, tied to a long adda, doing beautiful hand embroidery. These embroidered garments will soon reach the sparkling display windows of high fashion stores on Oxford Street in London or, for that matter, any other showroom in the world. Places these woman workers will most probably never get to visit. Most of them are muslim migrants coming from rural states to Indias capital New Delhi in search of better livelihood opportunities. They are home-workers, proudly marketing their skills in the global market to ensure a livelihood for themselves and their families. Due to the work of SEWA, Indias labour union of poor self-employed women workers in the informal economy, and it’s newly established social business company RUAAB the workers are no longer the invisible last link in the long global value chain. With the help they receive in local embroidery centres the women now to reach markets directly, thus ensuring income and work security for themselves. They are no longer exploited by ruthless middlemen. For more information, please visit www.sewabharat.org.

Muslim artisans in a SEWA vocationals center in New Dehli/india. Muslim artisans in a SEWA vocationals center in New Dehli/india. Muslim artisans in her home in New Dehli/india. Home of an artisan in New Delhi/India.