Skilled Samaritan aims to create responsible products using ancient weaving techniques found in India, handcrafted by women from disadvantaged communities.
Skilled Samaritan works closely with rural women artisans to make beautifully designed products using ropes made from clean, unused and hygienic waste waste from packaging units and fabric waste from textile units.
This essentially means that we use multi layer (HDPE and LDPE) plastic and cloth waste materials created during the manufacturing process that has not yet passed through the consumer, but would have otherwise been dumped and discarded; adding to the global plastic waste.
We aim to revive age old forms of weaving and furniture styles that originated in pre-partition India almost 5000 years ago. Said to be the most functional piece of furniture ever created, the Indian charpai is and was synonymous with siestas, conversations, gatherings and even childbirth. Weaving intricate pieces of charpai was a craft in itself that provided employment to many till the introduction of the 'double bed', we see in houses today.
Confined mostly to smaller towns and villages nestled in the interiors of Northern India, Skilled Samaritan aims to bring back this ancient form of weaving using contemporary designs to create functional pieces for modern Indian homes.
In an attempt to revive this dying craft, we spent half a decade identifying the remaining few weavers to train and pass on this form of weaving to rural women in need of employment. We aim to provide these newly trained artisans a global platform to market their products thereby creating a model of sustainable income and employment.