Swara envisions a win-win situation between the Urban clients, who need quality Indo-western clothes at a convenient platform, and the rural workforce of Dungarpur, who need an engaging livelihood.
The founder, Asha Scaria, during her Gandhi fellowship found it extremely hard to mobilize villagers and give them a sense of ownership for their village. Although unemployment was prevalent, the state of women needed to be brought to focus. Realizing that the priorities in the tribal villages were livelihoods, Asha put her love for clothes into empowering women, by leveraging their vocations and exposure, to change narratives in the communities. In Swara,
We Employ women tailors with a remuneration above market price; provide them with creative autonomy; train them in the latest industry know-how.
We Enable rural women to break out of their stereotypical roles by engaging them in out-the-norm professions like modelling, designing and marketing through capacity building and mentorship. By training the women on-the-job, we enable them to acquire skills in training, designing and local business practices.
We Educate people globally about sustainable fashion, rural women empowerment, encouraging them to make conscious decisions in clothes leading to a more conscious lifestyle.
Our goal is to put that woman in the remotest part of our country into work. We encourage her to create, to innovate. We bring her dreams to reality, and her creativity into your clothes and your clothes to your home.
WE LOVE YOU!
Our dreams, her dreams, will just be dreams, without You. While shopping with us, we want you to be completely happy with the experience. If you have questions about us, our products, or even shipping, get in touch! Or come visit us in Dungarpur. We hope you continue to shop with us for many years to come.
SWARA is a member of The Cultural Intellectual Property Rights Initiative, the first global network that recognizes cultural IP rights for craftsmen and women as custodians and transmitters of traditional knowledge, traditional designs and traditional manufacturing techniques.
Proud of India’s rich cultural heritage SWARA integrates traditional textile knowledge in its supply chain by partnering with artisans from different creative communities across the country.
By valuing artisans as knowledge partners SWARA contributes to the transmission of the craft to future generations.
- We co-create designs with artisans from the Chippa community in Akola, Rajasthan. You can look at the beautiful prints on our Gilahari sarees which are co-created with these artisans as knowledge partners.
- We source azo-free dyed, handwoven stoles and sarees from the tribal women of Barama, Assam. They are a cooperative of passionate women who go by the brand name of Khipini.
- We acknowledge artisans as equal partners and recognise their cultural IP rights.
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