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Field Notes

Our Response to COVID-19

Our Response to COVID-19

We plan to use this space to share the most current updates to our operations.

During our founding, we were directly inspired by the meaning behind our organization's name. Simply, "anchal" means protective shelter in Hindi. And it is our vision that not only Anchal provides protection to our artisans, but is also extended to our greater community - bringing you warmth and comfort during these uncertain times.

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Fashion Shoot with Clay Cook

Fashion Shoot with Clay Cook

We were honored when our friend and photographer, Clay Cook, approached Anchal to collaborate on a unique personal project that would highlight Anchal's story through a photography series. Clay's work has been an inspiration to Anchal for years, so when he reached out we felt incredibly grateful to be a part of this special creative collaboration. 

For 10 years, Anchal has run on a shoestring budget as a nonprofit. This meant that our Creative Director, Maggie Clines, quickly picked up some photography skills and has photographed virtually all of Anchal's imagery for the past 10 years. So when we arrived on set with a full crew of stylists, models, and photographers, needless to say, it was a pinch-me moment.

We also sat down with Clay Cook to learn more about what inspired him to work with Anchal...

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2019 India Trip Recap

2019 India Trip Recap
Our journey to Ajmer, India this past September was unlike any we’ve experienced before. For the past nine years, our time with our artisans was spent on expanding design skills through interactive workshops, but this past trip we had a different objective. The focus was directed to conversations and actions related to scaling. Continue reading

The Project Assistant Team Grows in India!

anchal artisans

Anchal’s core team at the workshop has recently grown from 7 to 11 project assistants. Not only do the project assistants feel a renewed sense of dignity and empowerment, but they also share their financial success with their families.

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Meet Your Didi: Kanta

anchal artisan Kanta

We first met Kanta at a recruitment training workshop where she displayed impressive skill and interest. She shared this, “Looking at my good skills, I was given an opportunity to work with Anchal project. I felt extremely delighted when I joined Anchal because I am seeing the other artisans as to how their economic situation has changed in the last years. It is a stable project and that is very reassuring.”

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Anchal + Madewell

Madewell Window Display with Anchal Quilts

We are excited to announce that Anchal's artisan-made quilts can now be seen hanging in the windows of 120+ Madewell stores across the country. Three of our organic cotton quilt styles were hand-selected by the team to decorate the store windows during the launch of their Fair Trade Certified collection of denim through the month of February.

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