Sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines founded this textile brand, which employs and empowers women artisans in India. Colleen Clines was taking a graduate seminar at the Rhode Island School of Design that took her on a trip to India in 2009. While in India, Colleen was introduced to the extreme lack of opportunity for women in the community. Meanwhile, while Colleen was scheming ways to collaborate with the amazing women she’d met in India, her sister Maggie was in college working on socially conscious architecture projects -discovering creative ways to repurpose a retired uranium facility. Maggie and Colleen would trade stories on their design experiences and wonder how they could unite their passions. After returning home, Colleen and her classmates raised $400 by selling handmade notebooks and notecards and used the funds to purchase a sewing machine, sewing instruction, materials and a stipend for the first collective of artisans.
In 2010, Anchal officially became a 501(c)3 non-profit and we expanded the project by partnering with Vatsalya, an NGO in Ajmer, India.