Dye­ing for a good cause!

Mun­nar—a syl­van hill sta­tion lo­cated in the Kan­nan De­van Hills, about 150 kilo­me­tres from Er­naku­lam/Cochin, in Ker­ala, is syn­ony­mous with nat­u­ral beauty. Brinda Gill tells us how, in this land blessed by na­ture, there is a heart-warm­ing project that draws

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In the early 90s, there was a sen­ti­ment amongst the man­age­ment of Tata Global Bev­er­ages Ltd. (TGBL)—for­merly Tata Tea Ltd.—for found­ing a project that would ju­di­ciously use some of Mun­nar’s abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources—dis­carded by na­ture—and tea waste to of­fer em­ploy­ment to the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion as well as to the dif­fer­ently-abled chil­dren of em­ploy­ees of tea gar­dens of Mun­nar, Ker­ala. The dis­cus­sions re­sulted in the draw­ing up of a plan to es­tab­lish a unit pro­duc­ing nat­u­ral dyes with lo­cally avail­able nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als that would be used for dye­ing and hand-print­ing fabrics and thus pro­duce high qual­ity tex­tiles and ap­parel. As the dyes would be eco-friendly and yield rich, nat­u­ral colour tones, the process of cre­at­ing dis­tinc­tive tex­tiles and ap­parel would be in­fused with a com­mit­ment to na­ture and sus­tain­abil­ity. In 1994, Mrs Ratna Kr­ish­naku­mar, pa­tron, Sr­ishti Wel­fare Cen­tre, trav­elled to Dhaka to at­tend a work­shop on nat­u­ral dyes. She came back to Mun­nar and or­gan­ised a sim­i­lar work­shop for the lo­cal women and dif­fer­ently-abled chil­dren of the tea gar­den em­ploy­ees where the idea of work­ing with nat­u­ral dyes and us­ing them to print on fab­ric was ac­cepted. Thus, Aranya Nat­u­rals (www.aranyanat­u­ral.com) be­gan in 1994. It is now, one of the four projects at Sr­ishtri Wel­fare Cen­tre, a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment project in Mun­nar, sup­ported by TGBL.

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