Sweet Floral mask embroidered by hand from artisans working at home during the lock down! The Gujarati nonprofit Okhai approached us in April with their latest project: ladies working from home. Their income had suffered due to COVID-19, and would we be interested in switching gears and placing an order for masks instead so the ladies have some work?
The answer to that was obviously a resounding "yes!"
This mask features an intricately detailed asymmetrical floral design, with hand embroidery on both left and right sides of the piece
-Images of the masks are mine, images of the ladies were sent to us from the nonprofit to share with you!-
9 inches (w) X 5 inches (h)
- Non surgical face mask
- Double layer cotton
- Reusable mask, simply handwash
- This is an exclusive & purely hand-embroidered product. Some irregularities may be expected and shall not be considered as defect.
- The designs are made by hand-workers in Gujarat, West India
- Snug fit
- Gentle hand wash.
- Please do not iron directly on the embroidery.
- Elasticated Earbands
- Wash before use
- Not for medical purpose
- Only for general protection
- Please allow up to two weeks for delivery!
Okhai supports rural artisans from across India who are gifted with the talent and traditional skills to craft exquisite designs in styles that are unique to their culture and heritage.
Proceeds from sales help these artisans help themselves – Okhai’s mission is to encourage women from less privileged backgrounds to acquire new skills; to give them the self-confidence and self-esteem required to earn by their own industry and initiative; and to enable them to carry this newly discovered skill and confidence into the wider world. Okhai understands the rich culture and traditions that these rural communities are steeped in and translates this heritage into products by pairing traditional art with contemporary designs and modern processes.
Okhai has been identified as a promising means of generating livelihood for hundreds of rural artisans. Okhai has made a significant contribution to the lives of the women artisans working with it, which has helped improve their economic as well as social status. It continues its march towards fulfilling its vision of being a brand that symbolises empowerment of rural and semi-urban women while recognising and promoting traditional handicraft techniques that are in danger of dying out with increased industrial growth and rapid urbanisation.