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Aranya Naturals
OUR SKILLS
At Aranya, our range
of colours and designs
are a source of
enormous pride, and
stand testimony to the
expertise and skill of
our workers, who are
constantly educated in
this art form.



Workers are trained by our volunteer trainers for about six months in particular skill sets, depending on their aptitude and interest. Some girls express an interest in learning stitching. Many boys want to do heavy work like block printing. There is work here even for those with more severe challenges, who help with simpler processes. We find that in time they ask why they aren’t getting ‘better work’. They aspire for better work and prove themselves up to the task. Today, Aranya’s senior workers themselves train the new entrants.The freedom for creativity our workers enjoy has yielded colourful dividends for us. Almost every other day, new colours are born and new patterns take shape. Their confidence has received a fillip through attending international workshops, exhibitions and symposiums on natural dyes.

Internationally and nationally known textile professionals and artists have conducted several workshops to train our workers at Aranya. Aranya Naturals is fortunate to be mentored by Yoshiko Wada. Today, our range of colours and designs are a source of enormous pride. This range stands testimony to


the expertise and skill of our workers, who are constantly educated in this art form by our trained volunteers. Their confidence has received a fillip through attending international workshops, exhibitions and symposiums on natural dyes. Today, Aranya’s senior workers themselves train the new entrants.

Up to the challenge!
Recently, a New York-based designer brought sample chemical colours in a set of embroidery threads and asked if Aranya could reproduce them in natural dyes. Our youngsters took it as a challenge and produced the dyes at a very fast pace.

Innovation
Innovation is the secret to success. Our workers are constantly searching for innovative methods and techniques to keep their work alive and original. One of our workers Arumugam designed a new Shibori technique. Ms Yoshiko Wada named this design 'Aru-Shibori' after him.