Our Summer Intern team is finishing up their last week at our studio in Louisville, KY. Before they head back to school, we asked them to take a few moments to reflect on their summer with Anchal, and give us a few final thoughts:
Laina Meyerowitz "Spending my summer with the Anchal team has shown me the value of teamwork, creativity, and organization. Everyone involved in the office is driven by and embodies the mission of empowering women in their day-to-day lives. I learned an enormous amount about the textile industry, digital design, and strategic marketing all while working with a group of women that I'm honored to call role models. Each time we brought in new shipments from India, I felt a deeper connection to the time, effort, and stories of the artisans who made them. Without a doubt, this summer has caused me to reevaluate my own textile consumption habits and to place a higher value on quality, ethically-made products.
I feel so fortunate to have had this experience and look forward to spreading the word about Anchal Project. This summer has helped reaffirm my goals of pursuing a Communications major and Economics minor at the George Washington University where I will soon begin my sophomore year. Hopefully, I will be back to visit between semesters to see all the progress and success that is sure to come for Anchal."
Mary Rodes "At Anchal, everyday is a little different. Because of the small and dedicated team, I was able to experience the dynamic processes of running a designed centered organization. As an operations and development intern I learned about the natural dye process, sales operations, why SEO is important, and the various opportunities available for nonprofits to raise money.
One of my favorite projects was organizing the artisan profiles for Anchal’s website. During this process I was able to get to know the artisans and witness the immense positive impact Anchal’s programs have on the women they train and employ.
My favorite memory from this summer was helping make fresh indigo dye from harvesting the plant at dyeScape, to testing the dye on different fabrics."
Mary is headed back to Savannah to finish her last year in graduate school at SCAD where she is pursuing a MA in Luxury and Fashion Management and Design for Sustainability.
Kelly Hughes "This summer I've learned the difficulty and joys of a handmade textile company. Working with natural dyes has been so fulfilling and interesting, but also at times frustrating because there is always the chance the second dye bath will not turn out the same color as the first. The margin of error when making handmade goods is so much larger than machine made, so it really pushes you to be more attentive and aware of your process. To any current of future Anchal customers, I want you to trust that we are not using machines. Each and every handmade piece has a story- making it that much more special.
My favorite memory this summer was the opening of "Dyeing to Make a Difference" Gallery at Revelry. Seeing all of the amazing work framed and being appreciated by others was great."
Kelly is heading back to RISD for her junior year and says she will miss Louisville so much!
While goodbyes are never easy, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for these amazing women - please join us in wishing them farewell!
If you want to get involved with Anchal as an intern, we are accepting application for Fall interns now! Share the opportunity with your friends or apply yourself to join our team in designing change.