Meet the makers
The country is full of good people running institutions that benefit and uplift society. But we specially like the ones that work for women. We are a women led company, we know what it takes to run a home, raise children and have a career even in the educated / modern sections of society. So imagine our joy when we see girls and ladies in small towns proudly earning their wages while juggling a lot of other roles. We are so humbled to be working with them, learning from them.
Jamdani is one of the most intricate forms of weaving in the world. For those of us who may not be able to wear a Jamdani sari every day, choosing garments made from this incredible fabric allows us to make it a part of our wardrobes, and support a craft that deserves to be on the world stage. #incredibleindia #indianweavers #jamdaniweavers #westbengal #madeinindia
Terms like sewing and needlework are often bookmarked as hobbies. Perhaps a memory of afternoons spent ignoring our grandmothers as they embroidered another table cover. Or maybe an extra point in a girl’s bio-data for a marriage proposal. We often speak of needlework and sewing in relation to how long it took to finish a project. As if that would somehow justify the value of what has been made. The meditative act of needlework is perhaps one of the most underrated pursuits.
Our chief pattern master was the first person to join The Summer House. He has helped design almost every single pattern from the day we were two girls working from a sofa. We are even going to take the liberty to say he is a better designer than most we have seen. He is flamboyant, tough to impress and takes great pride in his work. Meet Venkatesh, who we lovingly call Master.
The joy of working with communities across the country to bring designs to life cannot be put into words. We have now worked with close to 1100 craftspeople across states, and built life long relationships. When you choose ethically made, slow made, hand made - you are helping build a more equal world.