Our partners

Via India works with various designers, organizations and individual craftsmen. We know all of them individually, how they work and which materials they use.

Designer Brands

  • Via India (designer: Divya Aluhwalia), Gurgaon. Divya Aluhwalia owns her own label, Akira Ming. She is also the designer of the Via India collection. She uses animal-friendly silk with environmentally-friendly prints.
  • Akaaro (designer: Gaurav Gupta), New Delhi. At Akaaro a lot of experiments are going on with weaving techniques and natural fabrics. Talented weavers from all over India work for Akaaro. Samples and clothing are made in the small-scale studio in Delhi.
  • Padmaja (designer: Padmaja Krishnan), Mumbai. Padmaja is a small label. Padmaja works closely with the weaver collective Women Weave. She uses hand-spun and handwoven indigenous cotton and vegetable dyes for her collections.
  • Amba (designer: Hema Shroff-Patel), Mumbai. Amba is a small label of luxury, very finely woven scarves. Hema also works together with the weaving collective Women Weave. Amba is a social enterprise that invests around 80 percent of its income in the weaver community.
  • Upasana (designer: Uma Prajapati), Auroville. Every employee at Upasana has a vote in business operations. At Upasana they work with vegetable dyes and through various projects local cotton farmers and weavers are supported financially and economically.

Individual craftsmen

Adil and Zakiya Khatri and Ali Mohammad Khatri (makers of the tie & dye scarves with bandhani and shibori techniques); Samjhi and Rajesh (weavers of the bhudjodi scarves).

Organizations

  • Avani , Tripuradevi. Set up by couple Rashmi and Rashmese, Avani has grown in 25 years into an organization and community that is almost completely self-sufficient with its own energy generation from pine needles, a vegetable water purification system and solar energy. In the complex with different buildings, vegetable dyes are made from self-grown plants. The spinning and weaving of local wool and cotton is done by women in small mountain villages.
  • KGU , Mukteshwar. This NGO provides employment among local farmers and weavers. In addition, they facilitate a large group of women who knit clothes and thus gain economic independence.
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