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OUR PEOPLE
While Aranya
Natural’s products
are undoubtedly gifts
of nature, they are
also a tribute
to the human spirit. Aranya Naturals
has grown at a
phenomenal pace
over the past 18
years. Our success
owes everything to
our workers.


These young people have shown exemplary determination in their endeavour to rise above their challenges, against the odds, and achieve economic self-sufficiency through projects like Aranya.

The flair and creativity of our workers has found expression in a magical array of products, earning the appreciation of discerning clientele around the world. Every product mirrors their personal involvement and dedication. Collecting the discards of nature
and extracting their vibrant colours has in turn added colour, joy
and prosperity to their lives.
Here we meet some of Aranya’s talented workforce.




BHANUMATHI,
‘ALL-ROUNDER’

36 YEARS
I have been working at Aranya since it started in 1994. My parents are workers in the tea estates. A Welfare Officer told my parents I should learn Vocational Training at DARE. From there I came to Aranya. I first learned how to dye fabric. Later I attended a training workshop and learned how to make dyes. I also traveled to Phulia and Hyderabad to attend more workshops. Today I am an ‘all-rounder’, able to work on every step of the process. But I am always looking to learn something new. For me, the most exciting moment is discovering a new dye colour.

My dream is that Aranya should grow, get more orders and employ more youngsters here.


SREEKALADEVI,
SHIBORI ARTIST

28 YEARS
My parents were working in the tea gardens in Munnar while I was studying in Bodinayakannur, Tamil Nadu. I came to Munnar in 2000. Today I like Munnar more; the people, the weather, the work. I first started work at Athulya, the paper unit. I used to make greeting cards, diaries, do book binding. Then I came to Aranya, where Vicky Ma’m taught me the shibori technique. Now I know it so well, when someone asks me, I can teach them how to do shibori.

I am very happy here. But my happiest moment was when I created a 'Tree of Life' design and Vicky Ma’m accepted it. Now my dream is to come up with more and more shibori designs.


KALIDAS,
FABRIC PRINTER

34 YEARS
Before I came to Srishti, I was studying in a Tamil medium school at Kanthaloor, near Marayoor. I studied till tenth standard. My parents work at Nyamakad Estate. They are from Munnar but originally my family is from Kovilpatti. Three generations of my family have come to Munnar to work. I first worked at the paper unit in Athulya for 2 to 3 years. Then in 1998 I came to Aranya. I do block printing. Sometimes I help with the dyeing. But what I enjoy most is printing. I print everything we make; saris, stoles, shirt materials with wax print and vegetable dyes.

My dream is one day to build a house for myself in Kovilpatti.