Kumudini Welfare Trust is a social business based in Bangladesh that People Tree partners with to make gorgeous block printed and hand embroidered garments, reviving traditional skills to create unique designs. The artisans produce garments with techniques rooted in the ancient textile heritage of Bangladesh.
Kumudini supports traditional craftspeople across the country, particularly women to provide them a regular income and access to medical treatment. The profits are reinvested to assist in the maintenance of a hospital that offers free health care and nursing training.
We have spoken to Lukman Hossain, the Senior Hand Block Master who says he feels very proud and happy to work at Kumudini: “It is the ideal company and the overall atmosphere is very good.”
His daily work routine allows him to take care of his family and still spend time with them: “I wake up in the early morning and start the day with a Namaj prayer. I take my grandson and granddaughters to school and I return home for breakfast. I set off at 8:45am to start work at 9am. I have one hour lunch break at 1pm and I work until 5pm. At 5pm I head home, it’s not too far from the office. I like to spend time with my family and friends in the evenings, go to the market to do the shopping and have a dinner. I relax watching TV and I go to bed at around 10pm.”
Siddharta, the manager at Kumudini resumes our partnership: “People Tree’s orders are vital to Kumudini, me, my family, my colleagues (…). Producers are very much benefitted through People Tree by completing their orders and tremendously improving their livelihood. They are gradually increasing their earnings, educating more by gathering more knowledge, upgraded communicating skill and modernised changing in their behaviour. (…) People Tree orders empower people socially and economically and (…) I can boldly say it that by educating ourselves we can be improving our life style at all sides and make ourselves honoured in our life and society.”
This season, Siddharta’s team has produced our block printed and hand embroidered selection of summery tops and dresses.