Meet Team India, a team comprised of four artisan cooperatives and over 6,000 women. Our story with Team India began in 2013, when Joy and Anna first traveled to India and began exploring artisan markets in the villages outside of Delhi. After developing partnerships with artisans in the Uttar Pradesh region, we began designing jewelry that combines local artisan traditions with modern jewelry trends. We are proud to partner with the resilient and talented women of Team India and offer you the bold and meaningful collection that you see today.
By providing women with health insurance, educational scholarships, and business trainings, Team India supports women’s development both socially and economically.
We support Team India by helping them employ more women, earn higher wages and reach new customers.
Our Hidden Treasure Beaded Earrings are handmade by women in one of the cooperatives we work with in Delhi. This cooperative works with women in the surrounding villages of Delhi, making it possible for women to work from their own homes, if they choose. These earrings don't require machinery to make, so the artisans pick up the supplies from the cooperative's workshop and bring them home to create these beautiful earrings. They bend the thick wire using a handheld tool, then weave the small glass beads around the wire. The earrings take about 1 hour to make from start to finish. If the women decide they want to work from the workshop, they're able to do that as well; they have comfortable and well-lit spaces, a constant supply of Chai tea, and friends to hang out with!
Sofia was born the oldest of five daughters to a Muslim family living in Delhi. When Sofia was a teen her father had an accident and became blind and was unable to work. It is unusual for women to work outside the home, and Sofia faced a lot of disapproval from her family, but she was determined to help her family. Sofia found an opportunity working for a fair trade organization making jewelry. She earned a living wage and was able to feed her family and pay her sisters' tuition fees, which brought her a lot of respect. Sofia was so empowered she started wearing pants, which was unheard of in her very traditional family.
"The transition from being known as a street rat, a person of poverty, to a dignified, fair trade artisan-- it is an incredible feeling."