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Field Notes

Behind our Rebrand

Behind our Rebrand
We're excited to announce a new brand experience! With the help of our talented friends at Zimmer Design, Anchal now has a customized logo, marks, color palette, and patterns. We believe the new visual brand represents the comfort found in the anchal and the richness of storytelling, as well as, the beautiful and vibrant products the artisans create.  Continue reading

Inspiration Behind Our SS21 Collection

Inspiration Behind Our SS21 Collection
Anchal's newest Spring/Summer 2021 collection is fresh, colorful and has a sense of playfulness to it that we haven't seen before in past collections. Creative Director, Maggie Clines, shares the inspiration and story behind Anchal's new Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Continue reading

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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