Eco-friendly textile production

With a workforce of over 35 million people, the textiles sector is India’s second-largest employer. Its contribution to the country’s development, however, is hampered by poor environmental and health and safety practices.


Govind hand-printing textiles in his shop in Jaipur.

Credit: Traidcraft Exchange/Allison Joyce


Traidcraft Exchange has supported textile artisans to form community-based organisations and associations to enhance their negotiating position and establish a recognised, collective identity. The project has linked 13,000 artisans to social security entitlements, as well as providing them with training on eco-friendly production practices and occupational health and safety.

Project name: Going Green

Where are we working? Northern India; states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

How long for? January 2014 - December 2018 (4 years)

Who is benefiting? 15,000 textiles artisans

Project aims:

  • To directly contribute to economic competitiveness and poverty reduction in India by reducing the economic, social and environmental costs of the textile industry

  • To build sustainable businesses of textile artisans and improve their working conditions through efficient eco-friendly processes, access to resources and increased demand for ‘green’ products

Who are we working with? Our partner AIACA (All India Artisans and Craftworkers Association) with funding from the European Commission. 


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