Patchwork Bandana - Asha
Anchal's Narrative Collection features the Patchwork Asha Bandana, a contemporary version of our best-selling small scarf. Hand-stitched from the softest organic cotton, the yellow and gray panelling brings a fresh palette to your wardrobe. Tie this lightweight scarf to your tote bag, wear it as a neckerchief, or wrap it in your hair.
PRODUCT DETAILS Handmade by an Anchal Artisan in Ajmer, India Dimensions: 24" x 24"
Color: Bone, Slate, Gold
Material: 2 layers of 100% certified organic cotton
Features hand-stitched name of artisan maker
Machine wash cold and hang dry
Every purchase of an Anchal product has an immediate impact and provides an artisan with a full-time job, health care benefits, design training, and educational workshops.
Anchal Project started with two sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines, who lead the organization by placing design and collaboration at the center of Anchal’s practice.
It all started in a design studio. Colleen Clines was taking a graduate seminar at the Rhode Island School of Design that took her on a trip to India in 2009. Through local leadership, Colleen was introduced to the exploitive world of the commercial sex trade and the lack of opportunity for women in the community. It was in this moment she was inspired to design more than beautiful landscapes, she was determined to collaborate with the NGO using design.
While Colleen was scheming ways to collaborate with the amazing women she’d met in India, her sister Maggie was in college working on 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. They 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. In 2012, Maggie joined her sister to co-lead Anchal.
“We felt compelled to take the project beyond the classroom with the conviction that our design training, in collaboration with local leadership, could address seemingly intractable social and environmental systems. The women we met became our sisters, sisters we had to fight for.” - Colleen Clines, Co-Founder & CEO