About Us

Kara Weaves is a social enterprise working with co-operatives to create fair-trade handwoven textiles in south-west India. Here's a bit more about how we operate and who we are.

We partner with local weaving co-operatives in Kerala (India) to design contemporary home textiles. Each product is made from very ancient local fabrics that are hand-made at traditional wooden looms. Started in the summer of 2008, Kara Weaves stands for everything we love about handmade products and the people who make them.


Since February 2013, we are certified members of the Fair Trade Forum of India, the country network of the WFTO and WFTO-Asia.

This first-of-its-kind attempt in Kerala hopes to bridge the gap between this traditional weaving art form and a contemporary lifestyle.

Team

Kara Weaves was founded in 2007 and is a 4-women partnership and a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation of India. Here is our core team:

Indu Menon, co-founder. Indu is a social anthropologist and co-author of Women Weavers (1983). She has worked as a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and at the Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University and brings over three decades of expertise to the brand. She co-ordinates the production aspect of the fabrics, in addition to overseeing the management of the brand. She is based out of Kanjiramattom, near Kochi in Kerala.
Chitra Gopalakrishnan, co-founder. Chitra is a Graphic Designer with dual MFAs from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, USA (2009) and the ESAG Penninghen, France (2004). She oversees the design, branding, social media and marketing co-ordination.
Revathy Menon, the noted Indian film actor, director and social activist is a founding partner since 2007. 
Sulochana Menon, our veteran expert of all things traditional and handwoven in Kerala. Who also happens to be Indu's mum and Chitra's grandmother. And the voice of wisdom in our studio.