Weaving changes life of Prabhavati from Manipur

Weaving changes life of Prabhavati from Manipur

Prabhavati, 38, is a weaver from Imphal district of Manipur, in the north east of India. She works on fly shuttle loom. “I learned weaving when I was 15 from my elder sister Pramu. She inspired me to do weaving. Being a single woman is very challenging in society but weaving gives me great pleasure plus an income”, she shares. She has studied till class 12th. She stays with her mother and sister.

Meeting the customers
Prabhavati ‪‬‬‪‬‬is one the female artisans from Manipur that work with Women on Wings’ business partner Rangsutra Crafts. Recently she and a few other female artisans from Manipur came to the Dastkar Bazaar in Delhi where Rangsutra Crafts has a permanent stall. Prabhavati: “I have come out from Imphal for the first time. I’m having a lot of fun and I’m very proud to see products made by us drawing such appreciation from customers. It’s really heartwarming.”

Hoping for peace and work
It’s not just the work that excites her. Also the jokes in between cracked by people around and the outburst of songs that makes the Dastkar Bazaar the center of a very vibrant space. Prabhavati loves listening to the songs and shares that she hopes that the beautiful land of Manipur will be peaceful and that she and all the other women weavers will continue to work and create a better future for them and their families.

Prabhavati is seen left on the picture with two of her friends from Manipur at the Dastkar Bazaar. @Rangsutra

“Through this partnership with Women on Wings, we want to enable more women to earn their own income that will give them greater financial means to improve their livelihoods. Economic independence for women means more children can go to school, more meals per day for their families and communities, and an overall better standard of living for them and future generations”

Ilan Vuddumalay
C&A Foundation