Fashion industry unites for its karigars and vendors with relief work

On March 21, fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee announced on Instagram that he had sent all of his employees on indefinite leave and that they would continue to receive their wages for as long as possible. Anita Dongre has established a 1.5 million rupees medical fund to support small vendors, freelance artisans and partners who are uninsured. At a time when businesses have been hit, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, fashion designers are taking a step forward to reduce the livelihood blow for weavers and artisans across the country.

Provide all the support they need

Designer Anita Dongre with artisans.

Most designers have paid weavers' wages upfront and are constantly in touch with them to assess their financial situation. Designer Ritu Kumar says: “His only source of income is through us. Our teams have been in constant contact with them and we have assured them that they will receive their salaries on time ”.

Designers Rahul Mishra and Samant Chauhan have done the same and are working on models to support artisans. “We will pay them in advance until necessary. Fortunately, most of our weavers on different online payment platforms have been submitting their wages regularly. We had established a fund of more than 1.5 million rupees for the benefit of the weavers, and that is being used at this time of need, says Rahul.

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Supporting small karigars

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In addition to paying the weavers in advance, Samant has also made accommodation arrangements for her karigars. “We have arranged for your stay at our factory in Greater Noida, which is clean and sanitary. They are provided with ration and everything they need, says Samant.

A Chanderi saree weaver

Designers from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, MP, West Bengal, including Shruti Sancheti, Shalini James, and Shruti-Mangaaysh, are teaming up to send needed aid to weavers. A Paithani weaver, Chanda Devi, from Aurangabad, tells us: “We thought we would all fall apart. For us, no salary means there is no food and many other problems. But designers have helped us establish medical funds, grants, and groceries for us. The loan installments we have taken from the designers have also been suspended. ”

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