Aarambh – a new beginning
The word aarambh takes its roots in Sanskrit, and means inception, commencement or a new beginning. The word is apt to highlight the beginning of the artisan’s association with GoCoop bringing the promise of positivity and hope. This initiative is part of GoCoop’s efforts, along with its partner Women on Wings, to enable and empower 40 cluster based weaver entrepreneurs and co-operatives from 4 handloom clusters of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka with capacity building and market linkage.
Please join us in crafting a new beginning for our artisan communities.
The polavaram handloom weavers co-operative society was established back in 1944. What started off as a team of 42 members, the society has grown to 253 members out of which currently 160 are handloom weavers and the rest of the work force help with day to day activities. The society has been recognised and falicitated with awards for best contribution in the field of handloom cooperatives in 1994-95 and 1995-96 fromt he central government and also for Good working societies the Regional level Krishna - Award from the department of handlooms and textiles AP.
Sri laxmi handloom
P. Srinivas, a master weaver, and designer founded the organization Sri laxmi cotton handloom saree. The master weaver has been weaving for over 20 years along with 15 other skilled handloom weavers. The master weaver has received the award for the best designer in the year 2019, the Konda Laxman Bapuji Award 2019. The saree woven by the organization maintains the best qualities in weaving. Trendy color combinations and adapting to new designs of market requirements are the result of the unique collection on display here.
Gyandev Handloom was established in 2003 under the guidance of the skilled weaver Gyandev Ganpa along with 25 handloom weavers of the Narayanpet cluster in Telangana. The weaver Gyandev Ganpa has been weaving from the young age of 16. He has been awarded as the best weaver in 2016 at a district-level felicitation.
Sambalpuri Fab, an artisan enterprise was started by Ranjita Meher in early Jan 2021, This initiative took birth during the pandemic. Ranjita was keen on supporting the marketing of sambalpuri craft products through the new age marketing - Online E-commerce.
Ranjita grew up in a family, where Sambalpuri Ikat craft has been practised for generations. She learnt the skills of design, tie & dye, and weaving from her National Awardee brother Sri Krusha Chandra Meher.
Rajolli sarees are specialists in the weaving of Ilkal sarees from Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The uniqueness of the saree is that the body, border and pallu are woven separately and joined together with a series of loops called the ‘TOPE TENI’ technique.