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A Long-Awaited Reunion in India

A Long-Awaited Reunion in India

After tremendous anticipation and over 3 years of physical separation, the U.S. Anchal team was recently reunited with the incredible artisan and leadership team in Ajmer, India! The trip crew comprised of sisters and Founders Colleen and Maggie Clines, Anchal E-Commerce Director Ashleigh Bakken, Maggie’s husband, David Cobb, and photographer and Colleen’s husband, Clay Cook.

CEO, Colleen Clines, highlights heartwarming stories of a joyous reunion between artisans and the U.S. team and the strong bond and deep sense of community that has been fostered through Anchal's work. She also highlights the resilience and determination of the artisans, who continued creating beautiful products despite the challenges they faced.

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Anchal Collaborates with the Guggenheim Museum for the Second Time

Anchal Collaborates with the Guggenheim Museum for the Second Time
Anchal is proud to announce our second collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum honoring the works of Brooklyn-born artist, Alex Katz. The Guggenheim-exclusive, limited-edition capsule collection features three quilts, tote bags, weekender bags, scarves and quilted chore jackets - all heavily inspired from 2 renowned Alex Katz paintings - The Red Smile and Yellow Tree 1. Continue reading

Trainees Graduate Program and Become Project Assistants

Trainees Graduate Program and Become Project Assistants
Last year Anchal successfully launched a satellite training program in Ajmer, thanks to the support of our donors and the hard work of our team. The goal of this program was to provide livelihood training for ten women from a neighboring  community. After eight months of training sessions, we are excited to share that nine women graduated from the program and recently joined the Anchal team as full-time Project Assistants! Continue reading

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
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