In an effort to widen the base of handspun-handlooms & also to bridge the ever widening gap between the well to do & those who have no opportunities for meaningful employment, a rehab program of 1 year for the urban/rural poor especially people reduced to begging in the streets who will be involved through a food for work programme & trained in hand spinning, weaving & stitching of cotton, silk tussar & eri fabrics. They will thereafter be rehabilitated in their respective villages & their production supported by design & quality supervision by a state team with its central counterparts.

It is also a means of building a future in which India could perhaps be the only country that could retain a space & relevance for hand skills in low tech areas.



We have also initiated a bonus scheme for spinners & weavers who can reintroduce those who have left these vocations & joined the general deskilled labour market. The beneficiaries are both those who will reintroduce & those who are reintroduced into this vocation.   




We also collaborate with designers & producers of handlooms for the cultivation, handspinning, handweaving & designing of fabrics for contemporary use. Since 2012  we have developed for ‘The Design Reference Collection of Odisha Handlooms’ with 4 designers that include Rajesh Pratap Singh, Abraham &Thakore, Bibhu Mohapatra & Anjali Kalia-160 designs in 3 color ways each from 5 different regions in Odisha.

area in which they are initiated.anyAny individuals or organizations who wish to collaborate or support such a program would be welcome as we are seeking push start grants for the above programs which should become self-supporting within 12 to 16 months in



Exhibition - 2013


We were invited to participate in Europalia which was a European Union Exhibition sponsored by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in India and the European Union Headquarters in Belgium. It comprised of 36 saris especially commissioned from 7 states in India which were representative of the finest that could be produced at that time in various techniques of handspinning handweaving. Half of these exhibits represented the classical tradition and the other half a contemporary exploration in the same technique.


Sari workshops were also held in an adjoining space for those who wished to participate and know more about this magical unstitched garment and what made it the base of the handweaving textile industry in the country.


It was widely appreciated and has travelled to Spain & other European countries as well as South Africa, Cyprus, Jordan & is still in circulation as part of the ICCR programs in various parts of the world.



Taanbaan team collaboration with Border & Fall to develop 80 how to drape films.


Rta Kapur Chishti published 'Saris: Tradition and Beyond' in 2013, sharing over 108 draping styles. Taanbaan team provided the draping styles as well few of the saris featured in it.