We rejoiced as the country celebrated its sixty-ninth Republic Day. We remember when India’s constitution came into force on January 26, 1950, completing the country’s transition to becoming an independent republic. Thank you to our constitution makers and the stalwarts who led us to become a proud, secular, socialist republic.
Kantha @ Sasha Shop
If ever there was a true sorority in the world of ideas, it must have been in the field of quilt making. Women all over the world took up the responsibility of providing everybody with warmth against the cold, harsh of winter. True, over time, some men joined the fray, but their numbers were never very significant. Hence, Niaz Zaman, in her book, “The Art of Kantha Embroidery,” stated that Kantha making is a “woman’s art”.
Sasha showcased its new Kantha collection at the shop this month, lovingly created by our talented women artisans. A part of the collection was designed by Laila Tyabji, leading designer and founder of Dastkar. These are limited editions, available at the shop until the end of February. Our women artisans were delighted to be part of the inauguration and there was great excitement in seeing their creations on display. Swagata Ghosh, who had closely worked with the women on producing them, produced a magnificent display along with the shop team. The shop looked resplendent with the exquisite Kantha and matching accessories on display.
Sasha @ Shine Conference 2018
Sasha CEO Mrs Roopa Mehta was invited to the SHINE Conference in Austin, Texas, this month. Mrs Mehta shared facets of Sasha’s journey in promoting crafts and working closely with artisans. She shared several valuable nuggets in the form of anecdotes of real experiences with women who were able to transform their lives with Sasha.
The conference included talks covering a broad array of ideas, such as courage, dreaming, building, focusing, confidence, and fair trade. They motivated and encouraged us to go out and build. The underlying theme: ‘We need more courageous people than ever right now who are willing to imagine and do the hard work of building a flourishing world.’
From the Field – a Visit to Kiran Society
SSA has been working with SOIR-IM for the last three years. The SSA team visited Kiran Society, one of the partner organizations under the project as part of monitoring and evaluation. This visit has clarified further plans for what inputs are required and for effective project intervention. We hope to have a meaningful association with them in future.
HACCP Audit @ RASA-USHAGRAM Spice Unit
It is with great pleasure that we share that the RASA spice unit at Ushagram has successfully completed its annual HACCP surveillance audit for food safety. The audit outcome was satisfactory in all aspects and the documentation process has been highly appreciated by the auditor.
Organic Weekends @ Sasha Shop
Weekends have just become special at Sasha Shop! We have expanded our range for the conscious consumer. We are excited to offer a range of pure, natural, pesticide-free, and organic food products from across the country at Sasha Shop. Also available throughout the year, RASA gourmet spices! We are featuring a variety of #honey from the Nilgiris, millets, cinnamon, amla, whole pepper, barley flakes, jaggery and much more!
Sasha @ Jaypore.Com
Sasha was delighted to be featured on Jaypore.com this month, with its Woven Spell crisp cotton sarees and stoles in a medley of hues!
Republic Day Offer @ Sasha Shop
On the eve of Republic Day, the Sasha Shop offered a special offer of 10% off on all products.
Stay tuned for more exciting news and information about Sasha!
“Spreading the embroidered quilt
she works the livelong night,
As if the quilt her poet were
of her bereaved plight.
Many a joy and many a sorrow
is written on its breast;
The story of Rupa’s life is there,
Line by line expressed.”
(Nakshikathar Math or The Field of the Embroidered Quilt by Jasim Uddin)