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Shakuntela Celebrates 10 Years with Anchal

Shakuntela Celebrates 10 Years with Anchal
Shakuntela was the first woman to join Anchal and is now proudly celebrating her 10th year with Anchal as a Project Assistant. We admire her greatly and are so proud of her empowered confidence and resilience. Shakuntela has become a true leader in the community and is a model for how the program can positively change a woman’s life. Learn more about her journey. Continue reading

Updates from Artisans in Ajmer

Updates from Artisans in Ajmer
First and foremost all of Anchal artisans are healthy and safe!  On March 24th, India implemented a nationwide lockdown for 21 days and then extended it for another 35 days in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. During the lockdown,  we were in constant communication with our NGO partners and Project Director, strategizing how we could best support our community of artisans during the lockdown.  Continue reading

Limited-Edition: Anchal x Brooklinen

Limited-Edition: Anchal x Brooklinen

We are thrilled to finally announce Anchal’s limited-edition collaboration with Brooklinen!

The Brooklinen x Anchal Collection is a small batch of handcrafted, custom-made quilted pillows and throws designed and created by Anchal’s artisans exclusively for the Brooklyn based luxury linens company. The pieces blend our signature contemporary quilting techniques and the Brooklinen minimalist aesthetic, resulting in a museum-worthy yet functional decor that calms and comforts.

Learn more about how this collaboration came together...

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Anchal's Anti-Racism Plan of Action

Anchal was founded on the belief that design can change lives through an empathetic and human-centered approach. However, being a non-profit that offers programming and opportunity to women around the world is not enough. ⁠

As a team that has benefited from white privilege, we have spent the past two weeks listening, reading, participating, watching, and learning from BIPOC voices about how as individuals and as an organization we can do better, especially within our Louisville community.  ⁠

We believe that actions speak louder than words and we plan to take action immediately. We acknowledge we do not have all the answers, but we are ready to share our deep commitment to anti-racism and an initial plan of action.⁠

  1. Prioritize diversity and inclusion within our staff, advisors, models, and Board of Directors in order to help us create a more inclusive brand identity and more effectively support all women.
  2. Actively create an anti-racist culture through continued staff educational workshops focusing on racial bias and activism.⁠
  3. Partner with more BIPOC boutiques, designers, vendors, influencers, models, and photographers.⁠
  4. Dedicate time engaging and volunteering with our fellow West Louisville organizations and activists.⁠
  5. Continue cultivating an open, inclusive, and authentic partnership with Anchal's team in India.⁠

This is just the start. If you have suggestions or recommendations, please email info@anchalproject.org.

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How to Make a Face Mask with a Bandana

How to Make a Face Mask with a Bandana

As we continue to collectively do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have created a brief tutorial demonstrating how you can create a face mask using an Anchal bandana. No sewing required! Our bandanas not only function as a fashionable accessory in your hair or around your neck but can now become a fashionable face covering.

Watch the full video tutorial!

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Our Response to COVID-19

Our Response to COVID-19

Discover the latest updates to our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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
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