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.
Pitchuka Srinivas’s forefathers were weavers and weaving saris for a living, however, his father Pitchuka Veera Subbiah was fortunate enough to receive some education and took up a job in handloom marketing. It was during his stint in marketing, Veera Subbiah realized the demand for handmade and natural dyed products in the International market. During the same time, he came across Kalamkari craft that was flourishing in Machilipatnam.
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.
Venkata bhanu textiles
Venkata Bhanu Textiles is a skilled artisan mastering the art of Kalamkari Printing technique. This seller is famous in hand block printed for all types of Kalamkari on sarees, fabrics, tops, dress sets, bedsheets and more.
Punyavathi handicrafts and handloom
Punyavathi handicrafts and handlooms is an artisan organization from the Krishna district in Andra Pradesh. Established in 2017, currently a group of 12 weavers and artisans work together to promote the regional crafts of venkatagiiri and kalamkari handblock prints on sarees.
Jai bhavani handloom
Navale Nagaraju is the master weaver behind Jai Bhavani handlooms. The government has recognised the talents of the weaver and presented him with the Konda Laxam Bapuji Award 2020, for best designer. Established in 2003, what started off with 4 looms, is currently an organisation working with 22 handlooms and skilled weavers. They specialise in handwoven narayanapet sarees and dupattas in traditional patterns and beautiful color combinations.
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.
Phagunu Meher is a master weaver from the Bijepur cluster of Bargarh, Odisha. As a family of 4 brothers and 70 skilled weavers, the organization has been hand weaving a variety of dress material suit sets, dupattas, fabrics, and more on handlooms, since the year 2000. While traditionally their markets included the various retail outlets across the state of Odisha, they are now exploring the online platform to reach customers anywhere in India and the world.
Meher Handloom Saree by Sri Goura Chandra Meher, a master weaver from Bargarh, is known for its Sambalpuri Ikats and is located in the Bargarh Handloom Cluster of Odisha since 2010. Sri Goura Chandra Meher works with more than 60 skilled weavers across the cluster to bring out a wide range of traditional exquisite handwoven cotton sambalpuri sarees- both single and double Ikat.
Samaleswari handlooms is known for its ikats and is located in Odisha. The collection has a wide range of traditional exquisite handwoven cotton bomkai and sambalpuri ikat sarees.
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
The ilkal cooperative society of Shri Chamundeshwari Kaimagga Nekar Sahakar Sangh Niyamit was started in 2004. This cooperative society was inspired by Sri Shakambari Weavers cooperative society which has been around for over 200 years.