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Giving Back

Giving Back

 

Recently a friend brought to our attention on the words ‘Giving Back’.  Since we use these very exact words in our tag line – “At Thank You India you become part of the social chain of giving back” – we were intrigued by the use or perhaps the misuse of it.

The intention of giving back iterated our friend, is that you have had to have taken something in the first place to have to now return it back.  As in rebate or recompense. 

We at TYI have a different intention of using the words ‘giving back’.   It is with satisfaction of our own lives and recognition that we need to share our wealth of whether it be sharing of the knowledge of the artisan work or the artistry itself.  In employing the work of the artisan and allowing their work in turn to exist through purchasing their work or by selling their work and giving a portion of the funds to the grassroots’ charities benefiting women, children or education, we are becoming part of the chain of giving back.

Over to you, what do you think of the term ‘giving back’?  What emotion does it evoke for you? We would love to hear your comment.  

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Layering Stories

There is an art of layering necklaces and we hope to demystify that for you with following of our favourite ways/suggestions. Curious which necklaces we have used to create this layering-fun? Just click on the photos

Putting together large chunky necklaces which then lend a 'collar' to your outfit

Braiding strands of the necklaces to create interest and impact

Selecting either gold or silver neck pieces and playing them to get the following effects:

Chains or necklaces that have no pendants to achieve the minimalist look

Add length instantly with a lariat

Stack them with a theme in mind: coins or charms or shapes or gemstones

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Jaipur Paradise Collection

Jaipur Paradise Collection

The inspiration for this collection comes directly from the Netflix series  'The Paradise'  

The bygone era of late nineteen century of trade, shopping and marketing with graceful ladies at The Paradise store, influenced the design of the elegant earrings and necklace.  

The sterling filigree pendant with a  semi precious stone perfectly matches the silk thread necklace.  The latter is identified as a typical Rajasthani art. We are hoping you will love this simple, and sustainable method of jewelry making as do our artisans in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

All the names we choose for our products have a meaningful story attached to them.  Some are chosen because of special occasions as in weddings. Then there are names of friends of TYI who have inspired us either through their personality or their style. 

Our Martina ring is named after a TYI friend.  Martina wanted something that fit her strong tennis hand and so we designed her the adjustable band; it has become the most favourite in our collection

.Martina Hammered Adjustable Ring

Similarly, the Salima cuffs were inspired by a niece’s wedding.  Salima’s wrist is tiny and the design had to be such that it would look dainty on her and fit her to a tee!

Salima Cuffs


The AF knot is in honour of nephew Alzeen & his bride Farah. It is cleverly coined as the 'Always and Forever' knot by the bride

AF Knot


The Mary 1 and 2 necklaces, are beads on a string and Mary 2 has a tassel.  The name is a play on rosary beads for Mary who also happens to be a devout Catholic as well as very loyal friend of TYI.

Mary One & Mary Two

Our favourite story on the names comes from our artisan/vendor.  In explaining that the earrings design intention is to have a bar and then a chain, this chain is then fed through the pierced ear, the artisan finally understood the concept and cried out "like Sui Dhaga" Which when translated is Needle and Thread.  

Needle & Thread in Gold

Ask us what the story behind the name is for other products……..and we will be happy to oblige: info@thankyouindia.org

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Symphony of Yarns - Hand Weaving

Symphony of Yarns - Hand Weaving

Visiting weaving facilities in Maheshwar, on our last trip to India, was a highlight in many ways.
Firstly, it was mind blowing to see the meticulous calculations required for the process.  Each count of yarn creates a pattern which then is woven by talented, highly skilled women who understand weaving intrinsically.  No surprise there, as most of these women were born into the industry.
weaver woman
It was mesmerizing to see the process; here’s a short clip…..listen to the symphony of yarns!

 
Secondly, the women at these facilities are highly marginalized and the projects they work on support each one of them with economic schemes that are suitable to them.  For instance if the woman weaver could only work few hours in the week, the cooperative would then make available work for her to accommodate her time.  So it is entirely up to the weaver how much take-home pay she would want in order to sustain her and her family’s life.

Thirdly, much of the cotton woven is locally grown and is organic as are many of the yarn dyes.
Finally, the woven fabrics rival any other types in their hand and beauty.

Thank You India is very happy to be able to offer in Fall of 2015, these fabrics designed specifically for the North American market in form of table and kitchen linens.  Watch for them in very near future!

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