Concerned about the future of traditional crafts and the future livelihood of small artisans in India, Nayana makes it a point to source directly from those artisans or non-profit organisations involved in the development and promotion of traditional crafts throughout the country.
She personally travels from region to region collecting and sourcing the pieces, and most of her collection are "one-off" pieces made especially for her. Prices are always dictated by the producers themselves.
Throughout the year, exhibitions are held both inside and outside of India, in order to give these skilled producer groups new channels for moving their crafts. Nayana offers a percentage to anyone who wants to sponsor an exhibition or home/office party for a specific fundraising event of their own. All details are negotiated prior to the show.
In the past, a percentage of Nayana’s sale proceeds have been donated to a wide range of
social welfare organizations: SEWA in Gujarat, working on earthquake and drought relief;
the Prime Ministers Relief Fund for flood relief in Orissa and the tsunami disaster;
sewing machines were donated to Jeevika Development Society, a women's
development cooperative, enabling them to produce beautiful crafts and earn fair wages;
SNEHA, a destitute women and children's literacy programme based in Uttaranchal;
Small loans have also been given to young crafts persons to practice their crafts
and set up projects of their own. The exhibitions have also raised money for
various development and rehabilitation projects in the US, Morocco, Japan,
the UK and other European countries.
Very recently, Nayana has "adopted" a school close to her home in Santiniketan, a countryside area of West Bengal. The Uttarpully Education Centre for Rural/Tribal Children in Birbhum currently has 27 children attending. Nayana has decided that a portion of the profits from her sales will now go toward supporting this school financially and she has promised to pay monthly expenses to keep it running. Nayana looks forward to your interest in this very personal endeavour to help offer access to education to more village children! She will be delighted to take anyone to visit the school when they are visiting Santiniketan.
Please contact Nayana if you have questions or would like to host a show!
Nayana also purchases for socially responsible boutiques.
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16/17/18/19 NOVEMBER • Henley on Thames
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Show hosted by Barn Galleries • Bridget Fraser
Middle Culham Farm / Aston / Henley on Thames / RG9 3DX
Tel: 01419 57778
22 NOVEMBER (Thurs) • Bochum
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Show hosted by Monica Momin and Karsten Dennewitz
Leithmannswiese/ 34 Stiepel / Bochum 44797
Tel: 0151 222279997
24-25 NOVEMBER (Sat & Sun) • Chateauneuf du Pape
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Show hosted by Josette Perrin and Nicole
Hall de la Mairie
Chateauneuf du Pape
26 NOVEMBER (Mon) • Provence Magnificat
Show hosted by Josette Perrin
5 December (Wed) • Calcutta
Details to be announced