We use only unused, recycled fabrics
to make the bags. Fabrics are donated to us
by well-off local families from Khajuraho or
sent to us from Europe. Our partners in
have also made donations to us.
We sell the bags to shopkeepers so that
they can give cloth rather than polythene
bags to their customers. It is worth
noting that since the launch of our project,
polythene bags have been banned in
Khajuraho! This means that our
initiative comes at the right time.
We are still at the beginning of our
project, but if need be we will run an educative
campaign in order to educate the local
population about the importance of avoiding
We employ women from underprivileged
backgrounds and/or wives of alcoholic men
to make the bags. Most of them live in the
Khajuraho Old Village. All of them already
know how to sew and have a sewing machine at
home. They meet four times a week at The
Different School, to design and make
bags together. They can also work from home
if they want to be more productive. They
have the opportunity to sell their bags to
selected shopkeepers through us, although we
do not take any commission. Thus the project
provides them with a source of income.
Our Cloth Bag Project gives women an
opportunity to get out of their house, to
socialise and to be creative together. By
meeting other women like them and having a
lucrative activity, they feel more independent,
uplifted and thus empowered. They also
depend less on their husbands to make a
FOR THE 'NO-PLASTIC' BAGS
Our primary products are the "no-plastic
bags", i.e. the cloth bags that
are especially made to replace polythene.
These bags must be:
simple but strong. We want the bags
to last as long as possible! Not just the
cloth has to be strong, but the thread
also! (From our experience, Indian thread is
often a lot weaker than Western thread!).
easy to fold into a small item - to
be able to put into a handbag, so that the
shopper always has it with them for
unplanned shopping also!
easily-portable by men!!! We have
to keep in mind that here, often women (the
ones who carry handbags when they do go
out!) do not go out for food shopping! They
send out their husbands or sons! So we will
have to make the bags easily portable by
them. Easily carried in a pocket, tie-able
to their motorbike, or something, so they
can have a bag with them at all times for
When our project takes off, we will be able to
start thinking about making other bags or
Different designs (thicker bags,
handbags, patchwork bags, embroided items
Not just bags, but also purses,
maybe toys and dolls, etc.
Bags for storage use e.g. bags to
keep toys in, or pens, or clothes etc. This
might be good for the local/poor
population as it is cheap and the bags
can be tied to a wall and thus create
storage space by themselves.
Items sold to foreigners - marketed
as sustainable, eco-friendly products! More
sophisticated and decorated bags, purses,
toys & dolls, etc.
To keep the Cloth Bag Project running, we
funds to pay our local project
co-ordinator and trainer, purchase sewing
machines etc. If you would like to
make a donation, please click
here to see what we need
clothes or fabric (strong or still new is
machines would be amazing!
(sewing & embroidery)
(sewing or embroidery)
Do not hesitate to contact
us if you want to support our
project in any way!
To fight against single-use polythene bags
To recycle all types of cloth and fabric
To empower local women