Our team

WEAVERS

 

Name: Savita K 

About: Born and brought up in Huligere, a small village near Melkote, Savita comes from a family of farmers. She joined JST about 15 years ago. Since then Savita has weaved hundreds of metres of fabric. She brings her kids to work sometimes and feels elated about their organic involvement in the activities of the trust.


  

Name: Shruthi T

About: Born and brought up in Thirumalapaura, a small village near Melkote, Shruthi comes from a family of farmers. She joined JST about three years ago and since then has been trained to weave fabrics and dhotis. Even though Shruthi was unable to pursue schooling beyond class 6, she is determined to get her children get a graduate degree. 

 

 

Name: Savita

About: Born in Kadaba, Savita now lives in Melkote. She has been working with the trust for the last six years. She worked as a tailor for a few years initially before getting trained to weave. She weaves dhoties, sarees and running fabrics. Savita loves to sing as much as she loves to weave.

 

 

Name: Savita 

About: Savita was born and brought up in Bhadravati and moved to Melkote after marriage. She has been working here as a weaver for the last 2 years. Having lost her husband a few years ago, Savita works hard to support her children’s education. Savita likes to sing as much as she likes listening to good music.

 

Name: Pushpa V

 Pushpa hails from a family of weavers in Bangalore. She has several years of experience working in a garment factory in Bangalore before moving to Melkote post marriage. Pushpa worked in the tailoring department for about 5 years initially. She has been weaving for the last one year. Pushpa make stoles and running fabrics. She loves to listen to music and enjoys watching good movies.



Name: Pallavi 

About: Pallavi was born and brought up in Naryanapura. Having studied till class 10 and simultaneously trained in carpentry, Pallavi joined the trust a few years ago. Since then, she has been trained to weave running fabrics. Even though Pallavi wanted to be a teacher, she enjoys learning new forms of art at the trust. She enjoys the theatre performance at JST very much as it combines her love for acting and singing.

 

Name: Sudeepa

Sudeepa has been working as a weaver in JST for the last two years. Prior to joining JST, Sudeepa was working as a helper in the Panchayat office. Looking to get out of a mundane and hectic schedule, Sudeepa found out about JST through a friend and since then has been with the trust. She appreciates many things about the environment at JST. She particularly values the reading time during prayer which helps in steering her day in the right direction with positive thoughts.

 

Name: Sujatha

Sujatha joined JST three years ago with the aim of finding a source of income closer to her village. However, for Sujatha, this experience has been rich and rewarding with a flexible work environment, exposure to multicultural visitors and knowledge exchange sessions. Sujatha takes pride in her work and enjoys cultural activities such as theatrics, reading and the general assembly.



 

Name: Ragini

Ragini has been working with JST for the last six years. She was motivated by her husband to join the Khadi industry. Ragini values the work-life balance that JST provides and enjoys the exposure trips and theatre activities. For Ragini, working at JST has been transformational at many levels.

 

Name: Ashwini

Ashwini has been with JST for the last three years. Prior to joining JST, Ashwini was involved in agricultural work. She joined JST after being inspired by her friend. Ashwini values the work environment and culture at JST. She enjoys the knowledge sharing sessions and opportunities to meet people (visitors)  from different parts of the world. 



 

WARPERS

 

 

Name: Prakash

About: Displaced from farming and agriculture due to droughts, Prakash joined JST two years ago to sustain himself and feed his family. Since then, Prakash has been involved in warping. Prakash takes pride in his work and feels valued when visitors from other parts of the country and the world visit JST and appreciate the work done there. He enjoys the exposure trips and theatres organised by the trust.  

  

SIZERS

 

Name: Kabalayya 

About: Kabalayya worked as an agricultural labourer before he joined JST’s Nene Bana Project which is aimed at preserving and growing native trees. Since then, Kabalayya has also been involved in Janapada Khadi work where he mainly carries our sizing work. Even though he contributes to the initiative part-time, he takes pride in being a part of this vibrant community.

 

BOBBIN WINDERS

 

Name: Shanthamma

About: Shanthamma works as a bobbin winder for the last eight years. She came to be associated with JST though her husband who used to work as a weaver at the weaving centre. Shanthamma was making leaf plates before she became a bobbin winder. She does winding from the confines of her home and feels grateful that at this age she is able to support a few livelihoods from her homestead in exchange for a meager income to support herself. Bad yarn is Shanthamma’s biggest pet peeve.

Name: Bhagya

About: Bhagya has been supporting JST for the last eight months through bobbin winding. When leaf plate business unit shut down due to the decline in demand, she was rendered jobless. Her friend introduced her to JST and since then, she has been winding bobbin. She also supports her husband in tailoring. Like other women, she is grateful to be able to enjoy some financial independence by working from home.

Name: Mahalaskhmi 

About: Mahalakshmi, like other women in her neighbourhood was rehabilitated by JST through the bobbin winding work after the leaf plate making unit shut down. She has been supporting JST’s work for the last three years. Through the winding work, she is able to offer financial support to her family.

Name: Nagamma

About: Nagamma has been a bobbin winder for the last 7 years. Prior to this, she was making leaf plates. She was introduced to the winding work by her sister. Nagamma worships her work as it feeds her and keeps her active at this age.

Name: Chikkanarasimha Shetty 

About: Chikkanarasimha Shetty has had long years of work experience weaving silk sarees at the Weavers Cooperative Production and Society Limited at Melkote. However, the cooperative shut down a few years ago and Shetty joined JST as a bobbin winder. He feels grateful to be able to be relevant and contribute to the weaving industry. 

  

DYERS

 

Name: Suresh

About: After having worked in a garment factory in Bengaluru for 4 years, Suresh relocated to Melkote and joined JST in 2012. Since then, he has been dyeing fabrics at JST. Suresh values the work culture of JST and the freedom to own his work, a stark departure from the work culture of a garment factory in the cities.

  

OTHERS

 

Name: Manjunath 

About: Born and brought up in Melkote, Manjunath hails from a family of weavers. He joined the enterprise 12 years ago after pre-university and has been trained in tailoring and sales keeping.  Manjunath enjoys cricket, music and theatre.

Name: Anthony Swamy

About: Anthony Swamy grew was fostered by Karunagraha, the centre for physically challenged children run by the trust from the age of 14. Since then, he has been with the trust, looking after office work and financial matters relating to Janapada Khadi. Anthony feels extremely proud to be a part of one of the last few Khadi communities in the country. 

Name: Nirmala 

About: Nirmala has been a part of JST since 2016. Nirmala manages dispatch of orders at the Khadi centre.  She also helps with office work and in the making of JanapadaVichara, a monthly magazine of the trust. Nirmala enjoys being part of the Khadi activities at the trust. Nirmala says that the homely environment of the trust and its inspirational leadership drives her to give her best every day.

Name: Santosh Koulagi

About: Santosh Koulagi is the coordinator of the trust and its activities. He has been a part of the trust and its activities for nearly four decades. Santosh takes pride in being a part of the Khadi community which he sees as an extension of his own family. 

Name: Raghu G N 

About: Raghu manages Janapada Khadi’s outreach activities. He volunteered with the trust a couple of years ago and was drawn by its values and activities. He quit his lucrative yet mundane desk job to work in the Khadi sector. Raghu enjoys interacting with consumers and creating awareness on sustainable consumption and the values associated with Khadi.

Name: Kripa Ramachandran

About: Kripa manages the social media engagement for Janapada Khadi. Kripa aspires to live a minimally wasteful and non-violent life. She enjoys art, history, native foods and local fashion.